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Adam Levine on Leaving The Voice: 'For Me, It Was Time to Move On'

Now this is a shakeup — Adam Levine is leaving The Voice after 16 seasons.

The Voice host Carson Daly announced on the Today show on Friday that Levine has decided to step down from his big red chair, which he's occupied since the NBC singing competition debuted in 2011. "He'll always be cherished member of The Voice family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best," Daly said.

Levine had originally been announced as a returning coach for Season 17, along with Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton, all of whom are still on board for the next season. Gwen Stefani, who served as a full-time coach in three earlier seasons, will return to fill Levine's seat.

Levine addressed his exit in a lengthy Instagram post, writing, "For me, it was time to move on." The Maroon 5 frontman, who described the series as a "life shaping experience," thanked the fans, the network, and his fellow coaches.

To Blake Shelton, he wrote, "I couldn't hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried."

And Levine didn't rule out future visits to the set; addressing Clarkson and Legend, he said,

"Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I'm sure I'll be back to say hi very very soon."



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