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Blake Shelton Reacts to Adam Levine Leaving ‘The Voice’

It's the end of an era...

Blake Shelton Reacts to Adam Levine Leaving ‘The Voice’
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 24: Blake Shelton (L) and Adam Levine arrive for NBC's "The Voice" Season 7 Red Carpet Event at Universal CityWalk on November 24, 2014 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)

The end of an era is upon us… Blake Shelton and Adam Levine’s primetime bromance has come to an end. Early Friday morning (5/24), The Voice host Carson Daly announced on the TODAY Show that Levine would be leaving the hit reality competition show ahead of season 17.

“[He] will always be cherished member of The Voice family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best,” said Daly, before announcing that Gwen Stefani would be stepping into Levine’s spot for the upcoming season.

Hours after the news broke, Shelton took to Twitter to share his feelings on losing his best buddy on set.

“Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore. After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn’t set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot,” he wrote somberly.

Like Shelton, Levine took to social media to share his appreciation for the show, while also paying homage to his fellow coaches.

“BLAKE F*****’ 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,” Levine wrote in part of a lengthy post to Instagram. “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.”

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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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Shelton and Levine’s friendship blossomed in season one when the two would compete head to head, trading digs and commentary back and forth. The frenemy relationship carried throughout both their personal and professional lives over the years, with Shelton honoring Levine at his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony and Levine opening his home for Shelton during his high-profile divorce.

While the Oklahoma native continues to wrap his head around his best friend’s departure from the show, he will be relieved to know a familiar face will soon take Levine’s seat as his girlfriend and No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani takes her place among The Voice coaches for season 17.

Fans of Levine won’t have to wait long to catch more of the Maroon 5 frontman as he’s busy working on another NBC production called Songland, which gives aspiring songwriters the chance to write music for some of today’s biggest stars.

Shelton, along with Stefani, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend, will return to The Voice this fall.