While many are still reeling from the news of Adam Levine leaving The Voice, Kelly Clarkson understands why he’s leaving after 16 seasons. The singer and beloved two-season judge recalled how she felt about hearing of Levine’s departure news for the first time.
“It was kind of a shocking thing,” Clarkson told Extra before singing the national anthem at the Indy 500. “But I kind of get it. He’s been doing it for eight years — that’s a long time. He’s got a couple kids. Still has a career. Still touring. It’s a very rigorous schedule fitting everything in.”
Clarkson does admit that it’s not going to be the same without Levine. “It’ll be weird going to work,” she added. “‘Where’s Adam?’ But I totally get how busy it is trying to fit everything in plus having a family.”
It was Voice host Carson Daly who first announced Adam was leaving on May 24 during a segment on his other gig, Today. Daly said it was Levine’s decision to leave, and that he “will always be a cherished member of The Voice family,” but there was reportedly some major behind-the-scenes drama surrounding Adam’s departure that soon came to light, which resulted in the Maroon 5 front-man and the singing competition parting ways.
Though perhaps those reports were simply speculation, since the show had nothing but the best to say about The Voice OG.
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 24, 2019
Kelly’s initial reaction was similar to what she told Extra.
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
And this season’s winner, John Legend, also added his two cents.
We’ll miss you, brother https://t.co/woIegAzboM
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 24, 2019
Season 15 winner Chevel Shepherd may have been on Team Kelly, but she’ll forever be a fan of Levine, who is executive producer on the latest NBC reality show, Songland.
— Chevel Shepherd (@officialchevel) May 24, 2019
Sundance Head, who won Season 11 with Blake Shelton, also showed his support.
— Sundance Head (@SundanceHead) May 24, 2019
But it was Blake, Adam’s bromance partner-in-crime forever, who found a way to make it sad and hilarious.
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 love you guys, no matter what shows you’re on. Family is family!