Some celebrities can define a TV series: Simon Cowell made the American Idol, Bob Barker shaped The Price is Right and Pop sensation, Adam Levine is the hope behind millions of viewers seeking to sing their way to stardom on The Voice.
Sometimes, much as it pains everyone, these figures have to say goodbye and allow others to fill in their space. Katy Perry is now the mean Judge on Idol and Gwen Stefani is set to take Levine’s place in his iconic red chair.
After being Judge for 16 seasons, Levine is singing his way out of the Voice.
Carson Daly, host at the NBC show first broke the news on Friday morning and a few hours later, the singer confirmed the reports in a heartfelt Instagram post. Levine thanked producers, voice coaches, vocalists and fans who will nostalgically miss his signature tenor vocals.
“I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life,” the Maroon 5 frontman wrote. “Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is a shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go.”
However, the Maroon 5 frontman’s lengthy goodbye announcement comes roughly two weeks after the NBC Upfronts showcase when it seemed he was all set to appear.
The celebrity songwriter and singer reportedly wasn’t happy with all the rule changes The Voice was undergoing.
A rule change in season 15 meant that each coach didn’t automatically go to the Live Playoffs with the same number of team members, and by the time semi-finals came around, Levine was left with no singers left under his wing.
His frustration was evident during the taping of these semifinals with sources saying that Levine was “very difficult” during the taping and even withheld feedback to the other judges’ team members.
Levine further showed discontentment with the show during his performance at the NBC Upfront presentation. He allegedly sang at what sources described as an “emotionless” performance alongside fellow judges Kelly Clarkson, John legend and Blake Shelton. This performance didn’t go too well with NBC Entertainment co-chairman Paul Telegdy who according to an unnamed source, has reached out to both Levine and NBC’s representatives.