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Why Is Adam Levine Leaving ‘The Voice’?

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Adam Levine is one of the most beloved singers of this generation. Skyrocketing to fame as the lead singer of Maroon 5, the Moves Like Jagger singer has also become well-known for his role as a judge and coach on NBC’s singing competition show The Voice. Unfortunately, after 16 seasons, it appears Levine’s time on the show is coming to an end.

The End Of An Era

The announcement recently came from the show’s host Carson Daly. On the Today show, Daly explained that Levine will always be an important part of The Voice family, describing him as a “beloved coach and friend” who has inspired many artists over the years. After the announcement, Levine took to Instagram to share a lengthy post about his goodbye. He expressed appreciation for the opportunity to be on the show and how he feels honored to have been part of something he’ll “always cherish for the rest of [his] life.” He also made it a point to express his gratitude for the vocalists and other coaches who have sat in those big, red, rotating chairs.

But what is the reason behind the artist’s decision to part ways with the show?

Speculation Surrounding Levine’s Departure

Some fans seem to think there might be more to the story fueling Levine’s decision to say goodbye. One speculation points to last season, which didn’t go particularly well for Levine and his team. All of his contestants were voted off in the final elimination round. On the show, he expressed dissatisfaction with how things played out. Though it’s not for sure, it is possible his frustration with last season’s results contributed to his decision to leave the show.

On the other hand, there have been reports refuting this theory, arguing that Levine is no stranger to haters and has developed a pretty thick skin over the years. And while this decision may have come as a shock to many fans, others seem to suggest that he had been thinking about leaving the show for a little while. This would be understandable, considering 16 seasons working on the same show is a long time for anyone, let alone someone who is continuously and simultaneously working on other projects.

There’s also the possibility that Levine wants to take a step back to focus more time on his family. Levine is married to Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo. The couple has two children, Gio and Dusty Rose. Earlier this year, Levine mentioned in an interview that he always wanted a big family growing up, so having more kids isn’t out of the question. Again, it’s all speculation.

What Happens Next

In his Instagram post, Levine simply stated that for him, “it was time to move on.” Although Levine won’t be involved with The Voice anymore, he still has projects in the works with the show’s television network, NBC. He is currently the producer of Songland, a songwriter competition that just premiered. Additionally, his production company, 222 Productions, is reported to be partnering with Universal TV to develop a drama project.

Levine joined The Voice back when it launched in 2011, sitting alongside Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green and Blake Shelton as the original panel of judges. Over the seasons, the show has seen some changeups in the judges. Up until now, Levine and Shelton were the only two of the original judges to appear on all 16 seasons.

Interestingly enough, Shelton’s girlfriend and famous singer Gwen Stefani of No Doubt will be replacing Levine for the show’s 17th season. Stefani is no rookie to The Voice; she hosted during the seventh, ninth and 12th seasons. John Legend and Kelly Clarkson are also confirmed for next season.

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