Wednesday 19 June, 2019

Adam Levine leaving 'The Voice' after 16 seasons

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Adam Levine, of Maroon 5, performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots in Atlanta. Levine is leaving NBC’s “The Voice” after 16 seasons. Carson Daly made the announcement Friday morning, May 24 on the “Today” show. Daly said Gwen Stefani will return for season 17 in Levine’s chair. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2019 file photo, Adam Levine, of Maroon 5, performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots in Atlanta. Levine is leaving NBC’s “The Voice” after 16 seasons. Carson Daly made the announcement Friday morning, May 24 on the “Today” show. Daly said Gwen Stefani will return for season 17 in Levine’s chair. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Adam Levine is leaving NBC's "The Voice" after 16 seasons.

Carson Daly made the announcement Friday morning on the "Today" show. Daly said Gwen Stefani will return for season 17 in Levine's chair.

The Maroon 5 frontman wrote a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, saying the Emmy-winning show "went on to be a life-shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever."

Levine was part of the original lineup of "The Voice" when it launched in 2011, along with Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton and CeeLo Green. Aguilera and Green have taken breaks from the show, allowing stars like Pharrell Williams, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend to sit in their chairs. Shelton has never left the show.

It was not clear if Levine was leaving the show for good. Representatives for the singer and NBC didn't immediately reply to emails seeking comment from The Associated Press.

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