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Kelly Clarkson Says She Understands Why Adam Levine Left 'The Voice'

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May. 28 2019, Updated 7:52 p.m. ET

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Kelly Clarkson is supporting her friend and The Voice co-judge Adam Levine in his decision to leave the NBC singing competition series after the current 16th season. The singer spoke out about Adam's departure before she performed at the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 26.

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Kelly, 37, spoke to Extra about Adam's exit. “I found out the night before everybody else found out,” she said.

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“I was texting him and everybody else. It was kind of a shocking thing, but I kind of get it. He’s been doing it for eight years — that’s a long time," Kelly added.

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The "Piece by Piece" singer continued, "He’s got a couple kids. Still has a career. Still touring. It’s a very rigorous schedule fitting everything in.” The Maroon 5 member shares daughters, Dusty Rose, 2, and Gio, 15 months with wife Behati Prinsloo.

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Kelly will return to The Voice for its 17th season alongside Blake Shelton and John Legend. She will also join Adam's replacement, Gwen Stefani.

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Kelly also opened up what it fill feel like not work with her music pal. “It’ll be weird going to work...But I totally get how busy it is trying to fit everything in plus having a family.”

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The show’s host Carson Daly announced the news that Adam was quitting the show on the Today show on May 24. “After 16 seasons, Adam Levine, our beloved coach and friend, has decided to leave The Voice. Adam was one of the original coaches that launched the show, winning the competition three times and inspiring many of the artists he worked closely with over the years," Carson said.

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