11:41 pm EDT, May 24, 2019

Adam Levine bidding farewell to ‘The Voice’ after 16 seasons

It’s the end of an era for fans of coach Adam Levine on NBC’s The Voice.

After 16 seasons serving as a coach on Adam Levine has officially announced he’ll be giving up his chair.

News of Levine’s decision to leave the hit singing competition series broke just days after The Voice crowned a winner for season 16.

Though series host Carson Daly officially made the announcement Friday morning on the Today show, the Maroon 5 frontman took to Instagram to confirm the news to fans far and wide.

Levine shared a throwback photo from when all four of the original judges graced the cover of Rolling Stone.

The Maroon 5 frontman paired the photo with a lengthy caption in which he thanked the cast, crew, and producers of The Voice

He also made it a point to give an extra special thanks to his fellow judge Blake Shelton, who like Levine, has been serving as a coach since the series first premiered.

“I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. I can’t do it,” wrote Levine of his pal. “Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, I’m just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life.”

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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. ❤️ 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 “theres 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 I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life. Thank you to every single coach I ever sat in those chairs with. That is shared experience that is singularly ours. We have that for life. Thank you to everyone who supported this long strange and amazing left turn into a place I never thought I’d go. Thank you Carson Daly for babysitting the musicians and making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes. You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know. Audrey, thank you for being perhaps the most patient person in all the free world. 4 musicians all at once is a lot. Sainthood is imminent. Thank you to Paul Mirkovich and the band for their ridiculously hard work and learning more songs than maybe any band ever. 😂 Thank you to the people behind the scenes who do the real work and make this machine hum. To the amazingly talented vocalists who competed on the show and blew my mind on a daily basis. And, BLAKE FUCKIN’ SHELTON. I couldn’t hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can’t do it. Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You’re my brother for life. Kelly and John, take care of the cowboy and I’m sure I’ll be back to say hi very very soon. So much love to you both. And lastly, 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. And Lastly, I’d like to thank my manager Jordan for convincing me to take that meeting. 😊 What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much. ❤️ Adam

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The “Girls Like You” singer also made it a point to thank the fans of the show saying, “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.”

So who will replace Levine in the coveted spot as the fourth coach on The Voice?

According to Variety, they’ll be bringing back Gwen Stefani, who served as a coach in 2014 and 2015.

The Voice returns for season 17 on NBC in the fall.

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