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By Ree Hines

It's the end of an era on "The Voice."

On Friday morning, TODAY co-anchor and "Voice" host Carson Daly revealed that Adam Levine is stepping away from his coaching duties on the talent competition after 16 seasons.

Adam Levine is leaving "The Voice" after 16 seasons.Getty Images

"He'll always be a cherished member of 'The Voice' family," Carson announced, adding, "We wish him nothing but the best."

That's not all: Three-time former coach Gwen Stefani will join the panel again for season 17.

The Maroon 5 frontman, who's led a singer to the big win three times, has been a part of the series since it first debuted on NBC in the fall of 2012.

In a lengthy Instagram post Friday, Levine called the show "a life shaping experience" and thanked his co-stars, producers, musicians and behind-the-scenes talent.

TODAY's Carson Daly got a special shout-out for "making sure our shoes were tied and we had our lunch boxes."

"You are the backbone of this thing and we appreciate you more than you know," Levine said.

He also showed some love to his coaching rival and TV frenemy, Blake Shelton.

"I couldn't hide my love for you if I tried. Seriously. I tried. Can't do it," Levine said. "Our friendship is and always will be one for the books. Whatever this whole surreal experience was, Im just happy I got to experience it with you. You're my brother for life."

Blake Shelton's truck got a manure bath, courtesy of Adam Levine. TODAY

For nearly seven years, Levine has needled his pal through the audition process, the performances and in between it all, just for fun — like the time he filled Shelton's pickup truck with manure back in 2014.

And Shelton's sure to miss those days, too — especially pranks like the time he shared Levine's personal phone number with the world (which led to the aforementioned manuring).

She's back! Gwen Stefani will return for season 17 of "The Voice."

As for Levine, he'll have plenty to keep him busy between writing, recording and touring. And Shelton? Don't feel too bad about the country crooner losing his sparring partner.

He and Stefani, who have been dating since 2015, are sure to have their share of fun moments.

In fact, it was her season nine turn on the show that saw sparks fly first between the two.

Blake Shelton is losing a buddy but gaining a girlfriend on "The Voice."Kevin Winter

See what happens when the couple competes in the absence of Levine this fall.