The host of the talent show “The Voice,” Carson Daly, announced on May 24, 2019, on “Today” that 40-year-old Adam Levine will be leaving the show.
Daly said Levine was a “beloved friend and coach.”
Levine, the lead singer of the pop group Maroon 5, had been a judge on the show for 16 seasons.
The Voice made its debut in April 2011, and Levine was one of the first coaches. He sat on a panel with CeeLo Green, Christina Aguilera, and Blake Shelton. Shelton will be the last of the original judges once Levine leaves.
Season 17 of the show includes Kelly Clarkson and John Legend who also appeared in Season 16.
Kelly Clarkson, after hearing the news, tweeted: “I found out Levine would be leaving the show. I understand he has been judging for a long time and wants to stop. It is going to be strange showing up and not seeing him there. To be one of the founding members of such a fantastic show is a huge deal!”
Taking Levine’s place will be No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani who is Shelton’s girlfriend. The two met when she appeared as a coach on season 7. Stefani also sat in the chair in season 9 and 12.
Written by Barbara Sobel
People: Adam Levine Is Leaving The Voice After 16 Seasons — and Gwen Stefani Is Taking His Spot
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