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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.

Kelly’s initial reaction was similar to what she told Extra.

And this season’s winner, John Legend, also added his two cents.

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.

Sundance Head, who won Season 11 with Blake Shelton, also showed his support.

But it was Blake, Adam’s bromance partner-in-crime forever, who found a way to make it sad and hilarious.

We love you guys, no matter what shows you’re on. Family is family!