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.”
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.