Adam Levine’s ‘The Voice’ Departure Is Reportedly Costing Him $30 Million
Adam Levine's departure from The Voice is coming with a heavy price tag.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Maroon 5 frontman had signed on to two more seasons of the singing competition show before ultimately deciding not to return. A source told the outlet his per-season salary was "north of $14 million," which means he's walking away from a roughly $30 million paycheck.
While declining that sort of payday might seem insane to most people, it was clear that Levine was ready to move on, which he wrote in a heartfelt Instagram post to fans after host Carson Daly broke the news of his departure last week. The 40-year-old coach publicly aired his grievances about formatting changes during the show's semi-finals while addressing a former member of his team, Rod Stokes. “I still don’t understand how you’re not on my team," Levine said. "I don’t think anybody does, just ’cause it’s weird how it works now. I’m still learning the rules of the new show.”
The Voice decided to test out a new Cross Battle round during Season 16, which didn't guarantee each coach would have six singers making it to the live playoffs. As a result, Adam had no horse in the race by the semis, and sources say he didn't even want to attend the finale. Others admitted he was "very difficult" to work with. From the sounds of it, a number of factors led to Levine's early retirement from Red Chair fame.