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The Actual Reason Why Adam Levine Is Leaving 'The Voice'

Kayla Keegan
Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

From Good Housekeeping

  • Adam Levine is not returning to season 17 of NBC's The Voice.

  • He is, however, going to serve as the co-executive producer of the new show Songland, which premieres Tuesday night.

  • According to TVLine, NBC execs were "furious" with Adam's behavior during a Voice semifinals taping for season 16.

Last Friday, The Voice fans were stunned when longtime coach Adam Levine announced on Instagram that he was leaving the NBC hit show after 16 seasons.

"I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life," the Maroon 5 singer wrote. "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."

Adam's departure was even more surprising given that he was previously announced as returning for season 17, alongside Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend. Now, however, it looks like Gwen Stefani (who is dating Blake) will be sitting in Adam's red rotating chair.

So why did Adam Levine decide to leave The Voice?

It's hard to tell what exactly prompted him to exit so abruptly. But while Adam simply said it was "time to move on," TVLine reports that there may be more to the story.

According to the outlet, drama started on May 12 when Adam, Kelly, Blake, and John were taping the semifinals of season 16. Apparently, according to "sources," Adam "did not want to attend the Sunday taping." As a result, the "Moves Like Jagger" singer "expressed frustration" with having to be present when he had no artists in the race for the season 16 title. He was also allegedly "very difficult" during the entire taping.

The report continues to say that NBC's co-chairman of entertainment, Paul Telegdy, was "very unhappy" with what he saw and was "embarrassed" and "furious" that Adam would "display such an attitude to the people (advertisers) who actually pay for his salary."

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

What's more, Page Six points out that Adam was reportedly upset about a season 16 rule change that didn't guarantee each coach went into the Live Playoffs with the same number of competitors. Because of this, Adam's team was cut in half and he ended up having no one competing from his squad for the semifinals.

This "intel," of course, hasn't been confirmed by NBC at all, so take it with a grain of salt at this point. Also, The Voice wrote a rather touching message on Instagram about Adam being on the show, and made it clear that Adam was the one who "made the decision not to return next season."

All in all, Adam could've left for a much less dramatic reason - like, perhaps, his schedule outside of The Voice. Adam, alongside songwriter Ryan Tedder, is producing the new NBC summer show Songland, which premieres Tuesday night at 10 p.m. ET. Unlike other singing competition shows on TV, Songland is meant to uncover all the incredible songwriters out there and show what it takes to create a hit.

On top of that, Adam might soon be an even busier parent. Adam's wife, Behati Prinsloo, recently told Ellen DeGeneres that the couple is hoping to grow their family and have "maybe three or four" kids. They currently have two daughters – Dusty and Gio.

And so, even though it's hard to imagine The Voice without the Maroon 5 front man, we're sure whatever Adam does next will be epic. And on a side note, we're equally excited to see what Gwen brings to the table in season 17.

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