During the final episode of blind auditions on Monday (March 22), Blake was trying to get a contestant to pick him instead of Kelly Clarkson, who was the only other judge to turn the chair.
The contestant, Keegan Ferrell, sang a rendition of the Maroon 5 song “She Will Be Loved,” which is one of Adam‘s biggest hits.
“First of all, I happen to be buddies with the guy who wrote and sang that song. And I want you to look for just a second at this coaching panel and take note at who’s missing and who’s in that chair. Now I’m not saying that Kelly Clarkson got Adam Levine fired, but he’s gone and she’s sitting there, okay,” Blake said.
John Legend then pointed out that Kelly also has a talk show on NBC and Blake said, “This network stands for Nothing But Clarkson. NBC.”
Blake then said, “If Maroon 5 inspires you, I don’t know that I would choose a coach that is their arch-nemesis.” Kelly pointed out that she’s toured with Adam and then Blake added, “And then you got him fired.”
In the end, Keegan picked Blake!
Read the statement that Adam released after his exit from the show in 2019.