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Adam Levine Reacts to Blake Shelton’s ‘The Voice’ Retirement: “It’s About Time!”

Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on 'The Voice' season 13NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

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Apparently, Adam Levine’s classic banter with The Voice coach Blake Shelton is still alive. Recently, the Maroon 5 frontman shared his thoughts about the country superstar’s looming exit. His reaction though, is not surprising to fans, given their playful background as coaches of the series.

Adam Levine Says “It’s About Time” Blake Shelton Leaves The Voice

After decades of serving as a recurring coach in The Voice, Shelton is leaving the show after season 23. Yet, while many fans are sad about this news, Levine is completely cool with the same. Talking Entertainment Tonight at the Vanity Fair Oscars After-Party, the “Payphone” singer talked about Shelton’s goodbye.

“It’s about time!” he joked.

For those who may not know, Levine and Shelton sat together in The Voice’s spinning red chairs for 16 seasons. Throughout these years, their iconic banter has been loved many fans because of their hilarious exchanges, especially during Blind Auditions.

However, while they have been known for their on-show antics, there were also speculations that the two don’t really go along together. An unknown source apparently claimed that their banters on The Voice were intentionally exaggerated.

Kelly Clarkson is “Not Rooting For Him” to Win in His Last Season

Entertainment Tonight also spoke with season 23 coaches Kelly Clarkson and first-timers Chance The Rapper and Niall Horan. Ahead of the show’s premiere, Clarkson reflected on Shelton’s last shot in the competition.

“I texted him,” Clarkson said. “If he was gonna do a last season, I wanted to make sure I was there.”

Be that as it may, the veteran coach is definitely not taking her guard down. Consequently, Team Kelly is not giving season 23 to Team Blake despite the sentimental value of the same to the country star.

“If [Blake] wins, I am very happy for him, because that is super cool to win on the last season and he’s literally the show, from its conception,” she said. “But, like, I’m not, like, rooting for him to win. I’ll be happy for him if he does, but I’m obviously trying to win myself.”

Clarkson is not the only rival that Shelton has to overcome this season. Their other competition is newcomers Niall Horan and Chance The Rapper, they are also determined to snatch their first win.

“It’s been awesome,” Chance said. “Kelly’s very, very sweet, very nice to me. And Blake is… here.”

The Voice airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. PT/ET on NBC.

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