At the end of Season 16 of ‘The Voice’, Adam Levine, who has been a coach since the program first aired, left the show to take care of his daughters and focus on his main career – as a singer. But his fellow long-time coach Blake Shelton had not-so-nice words to share with his former co-worker.
When Levine announced he wanted to leave the show, in May 2019, host Carson Daly reported the news, saying, “Of course many viewers will miss watching his frenemy relationship with Blake Shelton. He’ll always be a cherished member of The Voice family, and of course, we wish him nothing but the best.”
At the time, it seemed as though Shelton and Levine had a good working relationship, but that may not have been a true picture. It has been alleged that Shelton could not stand Levine while they were working together on the set. Now, the two maintain that they are friends.
After Levine left the show, Entertainment Tonight reported that Shelton joked about Levine’s departure and said he was ready to “duke it out” with him, though he was happy with the fact that his long-time girlfriend Gwen Stefani was now on the show.
“Adam’s not on the show and I want him to know that he can still kiss my a** wherever he is right now,” Shelton joked, before saying he “couldn’t be happier” that Stefani was the one to replace Levine the show. Since then, she has also left the show.
After Adam Levine quit his coaching job, Blake Shelton is now the only original coach left on ‘The Voice’. He is now joined by Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and the newest coach, Nick Jonas.
When the show first aired, in April 2011, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, and CeeLo Green were set as the coaches. Aguilera and CeeLo Green have been off the show for quite a long time, and now, after Levine’s departure, Shelton is left as the only coach who has been around since the very start. He has also won the most seasons of the show, followed closely by coach John Legend. Kelly Clarkson is a bit further behind them.
Recently, Levine told Ellen that he misses the show and would love to return, even though he loves doing little more than just sitting around the house and doing nothing way more than getting a huge paycheck, reportedly $30 million.
Though ‘The Voice’ is still very much popular it faces new competition with shows like the FOX network’s newest phenomenon ‘The Masked Singer’ and the return of ‘American Idol’. Fortunately, ‘The Voice’ shares its’ popularity with ‘America’s Got Talent’ as both shows air on NBC.