After sitting in the judge’s chair for 16 seasons, Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is leaving NBC’s The Voice.
The Voice host Carson Daly made the announcement on Today.
“He’ll always be a cherished member of The Voice family,” Daly said. He added that Levine has done an amazing job “inspiring many of the artists who he worked so closely with over the years.”
“Of course, we wish him nothing but the best.”
Levine has been a part of the show since its inception.
Blake Shelton, with whom Levine has developed a close friendship over the years, was sad to hear the news that his friend was leaving.
“Having a hard time wrapping my head around Adam not being at The Voice anymore,” he wrote on Twitter. “After 16 seasons that changed both of our lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot.”
But Shelton has a reason to celebrate as his girlfriend, Gwen Stefani, will be replacing Levine as the host, People Magazine reports.
Stefani and Shelton met on the set of The Voice when she was a coach on the show. Now the two will compete against each other leading teams hoping to win.
Coaches Kelly Clarkson and John Legend will be returning for Season 17.