Adam Levine Is Returning to 'The Voice' to Give Blake Shelton a Hard Time

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Adam Levine Is Returning to 'The Voice' to Give Blake Shelton a Hard Time
  • Adam Levine is returning to The Voice season 20 finale after four seasons away.

  • The Maroon 5 singer left The Voice after season 16 concluded.

  • Adam is currently the co-executive producer of the NBC show Songland, which premiered in May 2019.

  • According to TVLine, NBC execs were "furious" with Adam's behavior during a Voice semifinals taping for season 16.

In May 2019, The Voice fans were stunned when longtime coach Adam Levine announced on Instagram that he was leaving the NBC hit show after 16 seasons.

"I am truly honored to have been a part of something I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life," the Maroon 5 singer wrote. "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."

Adam's departure was even more surprising given that he was previously announced as returning for season 17, alongside Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, and John Legend.

Ever since Adam announced he was leaving, Voice fans have continually hoped he would return to the NBC competitions series in the near future. Now, fans are getting their wish as TVLine recently confirmed that Adam is coming back to perform Maroon 5's latest hit "Beautiful Mistakes" with Megan Thee Stallion for the two-hour season 20 finale on Tuesday night.

Why did Adam Levine decide to leave The Voice?

It's hard to tell what exactly prompted him to exit so abruptly. But while Adam simply said it was "time to move on," TVLine once reported that there may be more to the story.

According to the outlet, drama started on May 12 of 2019 when Adam, Kelly, Blake, and John were taping the semifinals of season 16. Apparently, according to "sources," Adam "did not want to attend the Sunday taping." As a result, the "Moves Like Jagger" singer "expressed frustration" with having to be present when he had no artists in the race for the season 16 title. He was also allegedly "very difficult" during the entire taping.

The report continues to say that NBC's co-chairman of entertainment, Paul Telegdy, was "very unhappy" with what he saw and was "embarrassed" and "furious" that Adam would "display such an attitude to the people (advertisers) who actually pay for his salary."

Photo credit: NBC
Photo credit: NBC

What's more, Page Six pointed out that Adam was reportedly upset about a season 16 rule change that didn't guarantee each coach went into the Live Playoffs with the same number of competitors. Because of this, Adam's team was cut in half and he ended up having no one competing from his squad for the semifinals.

This "intel," of course, hasn't been confirmed by NBC at all, so take it with a grain of salt at this point. Also, The Voice wrote a rather touching message on Instagram about Adam being on the show and made it clear that Adam was the one who "made the decision not to return next season."

All in all, Adam could've left for a much less dramatic reason — like, perhaps, his schedule outside of The Voice. Adam, alongside songwriter Ryan Tedder, began producing the NBC show Songland, which premiered in May 2019. Unlike other singing competition shows on TV, Songland is meant to showcase the creative process that goes into making a hit song.

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