The real reason Adam Levine is leaving The Voice
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Many fans were shocked when Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced his departure from NBC’s reality competition series The Voice in May 2019. Levine, who served as one of the show’s celebrity coaches for 16 seasons, addressed audiences in a lengthy Instagram post, writing, in part: “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.” No, we’re not crying — you’re crying.
Given the show’s popularity (It’s been going strong since 2011), Levine’s exit understandably confused some of its die-hard viewers. Why leave a successful TV series, right? Of course, there were many potential reasons that contributed to the singer’s decision, some of which were more dramatic than others. Translation: Things are about to get complicated, folks. Although this wasn’t our favorite topic to tackle (We’ll miss Levine too!), we’ve deconstructed this unexpected news to explain why Levine is done spinning around in the show’s infamous red chair. Listen up.
His last season was really rough
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Adam Levine’s last season on The Voice didn’t go so smoothly. Case in point: In one of the final elimination rounds for Season 16, the coach’s entire team of contestants was voted off. Ouch! Levine didn’t take the upset lightly, complaining about the audience’s diss in a conversation with one of his booted contestants, Mari Jones. “It’s really upsetting that you’re even here right now, because if you have eyes and ears,” he said (“you” referring to the audience) — “you should never have let this happen,” Levine added, “I don’t understand, I don’t get it. I’m in shock.” Tell us how you really feel, Levine.
While we can’t say for sure if this difficult episode played a role in Levine’s decision, he certainly made it clear that he was not happy about the dynamic. It’s reasonable to surmise that the snub could have left a bad taste in his mouth and soured him on the whole show. Sure, most folks like to go out on top, but in Levine’s case, this could have been the final push he needed to cut the cord and move on to something else.
Who cares about the haters? He might
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When you’re the star of a big reality competition series like The Voice, it seems inevitable that you’ll face fan backlash from time to time, and Adam Levine’s experience has been no exception. Given all of the hate he’s received over the years, it’s reasonable to wonder if the critics are to blame for his May 2019 exit. After all, you just read how sensitive he was about audiences nixing his contestants in Season 16.
Some sources insist that all that criticism did not influence Levine’s choice to beat feet. “Adam’s decision was a difficult one for him,” a source told Us Weekly. “It had nothing to do with backlash.” It’s worth noting that Levine has exhibited a thick skin in the past. Following his heavily criticized performance at Super Bowl LIII in February 2019, the singer acknowledged his lovers and haters alike. “We thank our fans for making our dreams possible,” he penned on Instagram. “And we thank our critics for always pushing us to do better. One Love.”
Sixteen seasons is…a lot
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Adam Levine starred on The Voice since its inception in 2011, coaching numerous talented musicians throughout his lengthy run. While the Grammy-winning singer thoroughly enjoyed his time on the NBC hit series, noting that the show will be “close” to his “heart forever,” 16 seasons is arguably a long time to stick around at any job. Levine said as much in his goodbye post on Instagram in May 2019: “For me, it was time to move on.” Fair enough.
According to The Wrap, an insider said Levine had been itching to move on “for a while,” and all signs suggest NBC understood Levine’s position. The network issued a statement that echoed Levin’s upbeat and positive exit tone, expressing its “heartfelt gratitude” for the Maroon 5 frontman. We here you: This reason isn’t too juicy, but there’s no denying that Levine’s run on The Voice may have simply run its course. C’est la vie.
He could be making more time for family
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Adam Levine and his wife, Victoria’s Secret model Behati Prinsloo, are parents two to adorable kiddos: Gio and Dusty Rose. Although Prinsloo hasn’t announced another pregnancy at the time of this writing, it’s possible that she and Levine want to expand their sweet family sooner than later, which could mean that The Voice isn’t a big priority at the moment. Prinsloo hinted at the possibility of having more kids in a March 2019 interview with People: “It’s not out of the question,” she said. “I grew up an only child, so I always wanted a big family.” The timing of this comment is a bit interesting because it occurred just two months before Levine announced his departure from the NBC series. Hmm.
If the duo are planning to add another baby to the brood, there’s no question Levine will be a hands-on dad. “Our girls are so lucky to call you dad and I’m so lucky to have you as a husband a lover and a friend,” Prinsloo wrote to Levine on Father’s Day 2018. “We love you. Life is better with you.” Aww.
This doesn’t have to be goodbye
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Die-hard fans of The Voice may be happy to hear that Adam Levine could return to the reality competition series in the future. Levine’s May 2019 goodbye announcement hinted at this possibility, teasing: “…I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon.” NBC did the same in its own statement: “We’re going to miss Adam, but The Voice is family and with family it’s ‘see you soon,’ never ‘goodbye.’“
If it’s true that Levine will come back to the show someday, we have a feeling fans will be thrilled to see him. “Adam is everything and more!!” one person tweeted following the news of his departure. “It will not be the same without him.” Another fan said: “Gonna miss him and his back and forth jabs with @blakeshelton. It just won’t feel the same.” Though Levine seems good and ready to move on, it’s got to be nice to know that he’s still welcome in his old stomping ground.