NBC's 'The Voice' Press Junket

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Adam Levine Is Leaving ‘The Voice’ because he didn’t like some of the changes to the show’s format.

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He particularly did not like the “Live Cross Battles.” The Cross Battles put two coaches head-to-head. They pick someone from their team to go up against another team’s artist. Adam felt that this made the show feel like the wild wild west. His team also took a major hit leaving him with four contestants. By the time the show reached the top 8, his whole team had been eliminated.

He took to his Instagram page to say his good-byes. He used the cover of Rolling Stone that had the original Voice crew

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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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Now, before you go feeling sorry for Adam, he has a couple things up his sleeve. He is going on tour of Europe with his group Maroon 5 and he has his own reality TV competition that he is producing on NBC so this won’t be the last of Adam Levine. So who will be the new judge to fill his seat? Gwen Stefani!

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