Blake Shelton did not "secretly scheme" to have Gwen Stefani replace Adam Levine on "The Voice," despite a ridiculous tabloid report. Gossip Cop can debunk the alleged drama. There's simply no truth to it.
Last month, Levine surprised fans by announcing he was leaving the reality competition show after 16 seasons. NBC later revealed that Stefani would be filling his spot in the coach's chair. The Globe is now attempting to create a major controversy out of the situation.
According to the unreliable outlet, Shelton pulled strings behind the scenes to have his "rival" booted and replaced by his girlfriend. "Blake couldn't be more pleased," a supposed source says about Levine's exit from the series. "Blake and Adam didn't see eye to eye on a lot of things, particularly Gwen."
The alleged insider further contends that Levine "thinks it's unprofessional to have one's girlfriend on the judges' panel, but Blake chalked it up to jealousy." The magazine's tipster asserts that both Shelton and Levine "have enormous egos" and "didn't agree on anything" when it came to their show, "bickering constantly over lighting, camera angles, who has the best album, you name it."
Nothing about the tabloid's report is remotely accurate. For starters, Shelton only learned of Levine's departure one day before the announcement was made public. "Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at @NBCTheVoice anymore," the country star tweeted. "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." He jokingly added, "Gonna miss working with that idiot."
Shelton and Levine are close friends who had a playful rivalry on their TV show, but the idea they weren't getting along off-camera simply isn't true. Gossip Cop checked in with a source involved in the production of "The Voice," who confirms that the tabloid's report is total nonsense. And for his part, after announcing he was leaving, Levine posted on Instagram about Shelton, "I couldn't hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously... Our friendship is and always will be one for the books."
Meanwhile, People magazine noted last month that Levine had "been wanting to move on for a while." A show insider told the reliable publication that the Maroon 5 singer wants to focus on new projects and also have "more time with his family." The reputable entertainment outlet even made a point of noting, "Adam is so excited that Gwen is going to take his chair."
Additionally, Stefani said in an interview on "The Talk" this week that it's going to be "bittersweet" returning to "The Voice" without Levine being there. "Adam was actually the first person to reach out to me when they were trying to pitch me the show," explained the singer, who worked on three previous seasons of the series.
To recap: Levine made the decision on his own to leave "The Voice." Shelton didn't know about his friend and colleague's exit until the last minute, and the two are close pals in real life. And while Shelton and Stefani are excited to work together on Season 17, they'll both miss being alongside Levine. The Globe's scandalous account of events never happened.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.