John Legend is the latest coach from The Voice to weigh in on OG coach Adam Levine‘s unexpected departure. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday night (May 29), Legend — who just completed his first stint in the big red chairs — said he was “very sad” to see Levine go, especially after an earlier season 17 promo had confirmed that the Maroon 5 singer would be back for another round.
“Yeah, we’re sad to see him go. We are very sad, and he’s been a part of the show since the beginning, 16 seasons,” Legend said. “He’s been so important to the show even existing, so we’re all going to miss him.” Legend’s comments came on the same day that Kelly Clarkson spoke out about losing her castmate, saying, “he’s got a couple kids. Still has a career. It’s a very rigorous schedule fitting everything in.”
Clarkson will appear on this fall’s 17th season of The Voice alongside the only other OG coach, Blake Shelton, as well as Legend and Levine’s replacement, returning coach Gwen Stefani. Levine’s departure was announced on May 24 by Voice host Carson Daly, where he said it was the Maroon 5 singer’s decision to leave the gig. A day later, Levine posted an emotional farewell to the show, which he dubbed a “life shaping experience that will be close to my heart forever.”
While Legend is sad to see Levine go, he said “Gwen’s going to be great… I think Blake [Shelton] is pretty happy about it.”