Yesterday Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine announced that after sixteen seasons, he would be leaving NBC’s singing competition “The Voice.” His exit however had a nice PR spin to it when in reality, it was pretty messy. So if Constance Wu and her name is going to be dragged through the mud, Levine deserves just as much criticism if not more for the diva antics he pulled days before “quitting.”
Levine was angry he had to attend a pre-taping for Season 16’s Semifinals on a Sunday instead of a live airing on Monday because all coaches were due at the NBC Upfronts presentation on May 13 in New York the next day.
A source tells TVLine that Adam expressed frustration for having to be present when he had no artists left in the competition. They add that Levine was “very difficult” during the entire taping, refusing opportunities to offer commentary to the other judges’ performers.
Adam’s resentment initially began over a Season 16 rule change that did not guarantee that each coach went to the Live Playoffs with the same amount of competing singers. This ultimately left him with zero singers by the Semifinals. He was pissed.
Levine took his pettiness to new heights right in front of his NBC bosses at the annual Upfront showcase of returning and new programming.
Levine was completely bored and motionless during Upfronts while performing with his fellow coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, and John Legend. “Adam had been checked out for a while,” noted an NBC insider, “but this was a new low. It was essentially the straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Co-chairman of NBC Entertainment witnessed Levine’s performance and was not happy. An insider claims the exec was “embarrassed” and “furious” that Levine would do this right in front of the people (advertisers) who pay his $26 million annual salary.
One NBC source says the exec called for Levine’s immediate firing, but that he quickly backed off on that demand. Another source at the network insists that execs were appreciative that all coaches flew to New York on Mother’s Day to perform on Monday at the Upfronts.
Some say Levine was fired, others insist it was his decision to leave the show. Or perhaps it was a mutual decision. Either way, Adam Levine was initially confirmed as returning for Season 17. Then...he was not and was replaced by Gwen Stefani. Something clearly happened.
ONTD, would you pull these diva like antics right in front of your bosses that pay your annual salary of $26 million?
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