Adam Levine is officially leaving The Voice after 16 seasons, according to host Carson Daly, who confirmed Levine's red chair will not turn around for Season 17 on NBC News' Today on Friday (May 24).
"After 16 seasons, Adam Levine-our beloved coach and friend-has decided to leave 'The Voice,' he announced this morning. Adam was one of the original coaches that launched the show, winning the competition three times and inspiring many of the artists that he worked so closely with over the years."
Though Daly didn't reveal why Levine decided to leave the show, he said he âwill always be cherished member of The Voice family, and of course, we wish him nothing but the best.â
Levine will be replaced by Gwen Stefani, who last served as a judge/coach on The Voice during its 12th season.
Following the announcement, his fellow judges Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson shared their reactions over the news via Twitter, both writing that the show won't be the same without him.
Levin later broke his silence, taking to Instagram to thank The Voice, along with his co-stars, for the experience. He also promised he'll "be back to say hi very, very, soon."
"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," he wrote. "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 'there's 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 Iâll always cherish for the rest of my life."