News broke Friday that Adam Levine will not be returning as a coach next season on NBC’s The Voice.
“Our friend and coach Adam Levine made the decision not to return next season,” read a statement put out by The Voice’s official Twitter handle. “We’re going to miss Adam but The Voice is family and with family it’s ‘see you soon,’ never ‘goodbye.’”
The Maroon 5 frontman shared similar sentiments in a lengthy Instagram post.
“I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life,” he said. “Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life.”
Levine also thanked The Voice host Carson Daly, the crew, and the fans for their support, promising he’ll “be back to say hi very very soon.”
Following Levine’s decision to exit The Voice, his fellow coaches took to social media to react.
“Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore,” Blake Shelton tweeted. “I only found out about this yesterday and it still hasn’t set in on me yet.”
Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) May 24, 2019
“We’ll miss you brother,” Voice newcomer, John Legend added.
We'll miss you, brother https://t.co/woIegAzboM— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 24, 2019
“I get that he’s been doing the show for a while and wants to step away, it will be weird showing up for work and he’s not there,” Kelly Clarkson said. “To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!”
Found out last night about @adamlevine leaving The Voice & while I get that he’s been doing the show 4 a while & wants to step away, it will be weird showing up 4 work & he’s not there 👀 To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!— Kelly Clarkson (@kellyclarkson) May 24, 2019
In the same statement sharing the news of Adam’s exit, The Voice announced that former coach Gwen Stefani will be back in his place this fall.
Although we’ll miss seeing Adam on the show, we wish him the best in the next phase of career and we thank him for his mentorship during the past 16 seasons!