Let’s be real… while we love most of the contestants on The Voice and we’re always here for their amazing performances, the real fun in watching the show is in seeing how the coaches banter with each other. We love hearing what they have to say, and we love how competitive they get with one another as they try and help their team members win.
And there are no two coaches whom we love hearing banter more than Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. The last two original coaches to occupy the famous swivel chairs have shared an amusing, bromantic rapport since the beginning, and it truly makes our hearts happy.
That’s why we were all shocked last Friday when the show’s host, Carson Daly, revealed on Last Call with Carson Daily, that Levine would no longer be occupying one of those chairs when The Voice returns for an impressive 17th season this fall.
Apparently we weren’t the only ones who were surprised, either.
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
What’s truly shocking about the way all of this went down is that Levine had already been announced as one of the returning judges for the fall season of The Voice. He even performed recently at the New York upfront presentations, a performance that was meant to win over advertisers heading into the fall TV season.
It was that very performance that reportedly angered executives behind-the-scenes, and caused Levine’s very shocking—and much speculated about—exit from the series over the weekend.
According to those who were there, Levine’s performance onstage was underwhelming at best—especially in comparison to the other season 17 coaches, Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. And while NBC brass is publicly denying it, the higher ups were reportedly less than impressed at the whole thing.
Meanwhile, it has also been reported that Levine was really upset about a rule change in season 15 that eliminated the stipulation that each coach goes to the Live Playoffs with the same number of team members. That rule alteration left Levine with zero singers on his team by the time the show got to the semifinals this season, and he was supposedly difficult to work with during the taping and refused to give advice to the other coaches’ contestants.
Who needs to watch dramatic television when reality is so much more compelling, huh?
For his part, Levine had nothing but nice things to say about his time on the series. He took to Instagram shortly after Daly announced the departure to thank fans, fellow coaches, Daly and even NBC for the experience. In his words, it was just time to move on.
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About 8 years ago, Mark Burnett convinced us to sign up for this show where you sit in a big red chair with your back turned away from the singers on the stage. First thank you must go to Mark. ❤️ We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going. After the first day of shooting, I sat there, stunned. I said to myself “theres some magic here. Something is definitely happening.” It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever. Thank you NBC for signing me up. I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. 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. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go. Thank you Carson Daly for babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes. You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know. Audrey, thank you for being perhaps the most patient person in all the free world. 4 musicians all at once is a lot. Sainthood is imminent. Thank you to Paul Mirkovich and the band for their ridiculously hard work and learning more songs than maybe any band ever. 😂 Thank you to the people behind the scenes who do the real work and make this machine hum. To the amazingly talented vocalists who competed on the show and blew my mind on a daily basis. And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life. Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon. So much love to you both. And lastly, to all of the loyal voice fans, there’s literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING. And Lastly, I’d like to thank my manager Jordan for convincing me to take that meeting. 😊 What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much. ❤️ Adam
“I am truly honoured to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with,” Levine wrote, before thanking the person we all really wanted to hear about.
“And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, I’m just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life.”
Obviously the upcoming season of The Voice won’t be the same, but if any show has proved that rotating coaches are part of the appeal, it’s this one. Some fans have been saying that Levine could use a time out from the show anyhow, to add some fresh perspective. Well, those fans will get their way when Gwen Stefani, who served as a coach in seasons seven, nine and 12, returns for another instalment.
Our takeaway? Even though Shelton no longer has his best bro by his side, at least he’ll have his girl. And that will definitely be worth tuning in for.