The Voice will go on, but without Adam Levine. The Maroon 5 singer and three-time coaching winner of the NBC singing competition will not return for the show's 17th season, he announced Friday. Levine and friendly nemesis Blake Shelton have been in their chairs since the first broadcast in April 2011. "For me, it was simply time to move on," he posted on Instagram. Carson Daly, the show's host, praised Levine on Today for "inspiring many of the artists who he worked so closely with over the years," per People.
Gwen Stefani, the No Doubt singer, will take over Levine's chair. She coached on seasons 7, 9, and 12, per Rolling Stone. Stefani is in a relationship with Shelton, who tweeted that the reality of Levine's exit "hasn't set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot." Levine, whose band is touring Europe through August, is involved in a new reality competition, Songland, which debuts May 28 on NBC. "We had no idea what we were doing or where it was going" when The Voice began, he posted Friday. "It went on to be a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever." (Read more Adam Levine stories.)