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    Adam Levine is leaving ‘The Voice’

    Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams
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    From left: Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell Williams on the set of “The Voice.”

    Poor Blake Shelton, frenemy and major bro Adam Levine is leaving the show after 16 seasons.

    Host Carson Daly announced the news on “Today” on Friday, noting that Levine will “always be a cherished member of ‘The Voice’ family, and of course we wish him nothing but the best.”

    On Instagram, Levine posted a photo of a Rolling Stone cover featuring him and other “Voice” coaches, noting that it was “a life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever.” To Shelton, he wrote, “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.”


    Shelton noted Levine’s departure on Twitter: “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.”

    When the show returns in the fall, Levine will be replaced the Gwen Stefani, who has already coached on the show for three seasons.

    Matthew Gilbert can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @MatthewGilbert.