Singer-songwriter Adam Levine has resigned from the NBC singing competition TV show “The Voice,” though some people suspect he was forced out because of his apathetic, ungrateful attitude.
His removal from the show was announced Friday, exactly two weeks after NBC had issued a statement revealing that Levine would be returning next fall for season 17.
Maroon 5 front Man and singer Adam Levine quits NBC’s #thevoice and will be replaced by Gwen Stefani! according to host Carson Daly.
Levine addressed this announcement stating that “… For me, it was time to move on. Your support has meant EVERYTHING”#Activityontv pic.twitter.com/2H8fDPcIXu
— Activity on TV (@Activityontv) May 24, 2019
What happened between May 10 and May 24? A lot …
According to TVLine, NBC recently issued a rule change for “The Voice” that irritated Levine.
The way the show works is that each coach gets a team of singers. These singers compete against one another. The goal of each coach is to have one of his or her singers make it to the end.
TVLine notes that this year’s rule change hurt Levine badly: It “cut his team in half (from eight members to four) and ultimately left him with zero singers by the Semifinals.” In response, the singer-songwriter reportedly lashed out during a pre-taping on May 12.
“By all accounts, Levine did not want to attend that Sunday taping. As one source tells TVLine, the Maroon 5 frontman expressed frustration beforehand at having to be present when, at that point, he had no artists left in the Season 16 race,” TVLine reported Friday.
“And he did not hide his frustration. One eyewitness tells TVLine that Levine was ‘very difficult’ during the entire taping, refusing opportunities to offer commentary to the other judges’ performers.”
That was strike one.
During a joint performance alongside his fellow coaches the next evening at NBC’s so-called “Upfronts Presentation” — an annual show designed to showcase returning/new programming and attract new advertisers — Levine stood motionless and put no effort into his performance.
Viewers watching from home noticed:
Judges of the voice sing at NBC Upfront. Adam Levine looks like he can barely be bothered to hold up the microphone…. pic.twitter.com/NmMF5tN5T0
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) May 13, 2019
Watching the NBC upfront and whew… I have never seen someone want to be somewhere else as bad as Adam Levine is on this stage right now.
— DontKarrah (@dontkarrah) May 13, 2019
Tell me why Adam Levine looks so pissed performing at the NBCU upfront
— MK (@Neethz426) May 13, 2019
@adamlevine and this dry ass performance at Up Front has me DEADT.
— Connichameleon Stan Account (@connichameleon) May 13, 2019
So did NBC’s furious executives.
“Adam had been checked out for a while, but this was a new low. It was essentially the straw that broke the camel’s back,” an NBC insider side to TVLine.
Another source said that Paul Telegdy, the co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, was “furious” that Levine would show such disrespect in front of the very advertisers who pay his salary.
What’s unclear is what happened next.
“Although accounts differ as to what happened next, one NBC source says Telegdy called for Levine’s immediate firing (a position he quickly backed off on),” TVLine notes. “Another source at the network insists Telegdy and his fellow execs were very appreciative that in the middle of a week of live shows, the coaches flew to New York, on Mother’s Day, to perform early Monday.”
Eleven days later, on the morning of May 24, “The Voice” host Carson Daly announced on NBC News’ “Today” that Levine wouldn’t be returning for season 17.
Shortly thereafter, the sing-songwriter posted a statement to Instagram making it seem as if he’d voluntarily resigned from the post because “it was time to move on.”
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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
“The Voice” issued its own statement confirming this narrative:
— The Voice (@NBCTheVoice) May 24, 2019
Yet some appear to believe that this is all an act — and that he’d been fired.
— karenfadus (@karenfadus1) May 25, 2019
Be real y’all finally fired his ass and didn’t care enough to put out anything super official beyond this quick iPhone note ? I loved me some Adam Levine but after seeing what he did to DeAndre Nico I’m looking at him a lot differently and all I gotta say is BYE! https://t.co/oQRfgn6G1M
— ?AdamNewman’sWife?? (@tvbingequeen) May 25, 2019
What’s known about Levine is that he’s pretty liberal. He and his band almost ruined the Super Bowl this year by turning it into an anti-cop, anti-America fest on behalf of disgraced former San Franscico 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He apparently changed his mind at the last minute.
And then there’s this beaut from 2011:
Maroon 5 wins Tweet Of The Week: RT @adamlevine Dear Fox News, don’t play our music on your evil fucking channel ever again. Thank you.
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) October 19, 2011
And yes, he really did tweet that to Fox News.
And then there’s this from 2012:
Dear America, if you don’t re-elect @BarackObama, I’m gonna lose my shit.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) April 26, 2012
While he hasn’t tweeted anything recently about President Donald Trump, back in the day he used to constantly bash the then-businessman on Twitter:
Donald Trump is one slip into a vat of toxic waste away from becoming an ACTUAL comic book super villain.
— Adam Levine (@adamlevine) November 8, 2012
All this is relevant because liberal Democrats tend to be very ungrateful people. and well, ruining an important performance just because you’re mad about a rule change seems like the epitome of ungratefulness.
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