In honor of Tuesdayâ€™s season finale of â€śThe Voice,â€ť Gossip Cop is taking a look back at rumors about the showâ€™s coaches. Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson and more of the NBC competitionâ€™s panelists are often targeted by the tabloids and gossip sites, though the claims are usually wrong. Check out some of the falsehoods from the past two seasons below.
Last October, Life & Style claimed the â€śbromanceâ€ť between Shelton and Levine had â€ścooled off.â€ť The tabloid quoted a so-called â€śsource,â€ť who insisted the longtime friends werenâ€™t â€śas close as they once wereâ€ť and had â€śdefinitely drifted apart.â€ť The erroneous tale was seemingly inspired by the co-starsâ€™ on-camera bickering, which is really nothing more than good-natured competition thatâ€™s played up for laughs. Shelton even gushed about his friendship with Levine in an interview with People, explaining, â€śWe drive each other nuts, but outside of this world, heâ€™s one of my best friends and itâ€™s because of his heart. He needs his face slapped around, but he has a huge, huge heart.â€ť For his part, Levine touted their â€ślove affair,â€ť and maintained, â€śAll of the [expletive] that we do comes from a place of love.â€ť
In November, RadarOnline ran multiple stories targeting Jennifer Hudson. The site first claimed she was getting fired over â€śnightmare diva behavior,â€ť and then alleged she was â€śat warâ€ť with the seriesâ€™ executives. Among the purported issues was a supposed feud with Shelton, but a rep for Hudson assured Gossip Cop, â€śShe and Blake adore each other.â€ť The website also tried to contend that producers were upset with the singerâ€™s references toâ€ťJ-Hud Productions,â€ť even though that was just the nickname for her team. As Gossip Cop explained, the real reason Hudson wasnâ€™t going from season 13 to 14 was because she was already committed to appearing on â€śThe Voice UK.â€ť But far from being â€śnot welcomed back,â€ť as asserted, Hudson is now set to return to â€śThe Voiceâ€ť for season 15.
The following month, Life & Style again showed it was ill-informed when it announced Levine was â€śtaking a year offâ€ť from â€śThe Voice.â€ť The magazine claimed the Maroon 5 front man had been talking about â€śvacating his rotating red chair for a year,â€ť and cited an â€śinsider,â€ť who alleged he felt it was â€śtime for a little break from the show.â€ť But as Gossip Cop pointed out, at the time that tale was published in December, Levine was already committed to the showâ€™s next cycle. In fact, an NBC press release had announced his participation in October, and he and his co-stars had already filmed the new auditions, even though the premiere wouldnâ€™t air until February. As such, it was impossible for him to be taking a full year off. And that still isnâ€™t in the cards since Levine will again be in his usual seat for the upcoming fall season as well.
Meanwhile, in February, RadarOnline wanted readers to believe Gwen Stefani was becoming between Shelton and â€śThe Voice.â€ť The websiteâ€™s spin said the country superstar wanted â€śoutâ€ť of the reality show and was â€śsuper resentfulâ€ť because Stefani hadnâ€™t been a coach since season 12. The outlet wrongly made it seem like the No Doubt front woman had been booted from the program when she really just wanted to â€śtake a breakâ€ť to focus on her own music, a contact told Gossip Cop on the condition of anonymity. Stefani was welcomed back for a Christmas performance with Shelton, and heâ€™s stuck with the gig despite her absence on the coaching panel. In fact, like Levine, heâ€™s set to return next season, too.
Amidst Clarksonâ€™s turn as a coach, OK! claimed in April that she and Shelton were â€śat each otherâ€™s throatsâ€ť behind the scenes. He was described as feeling â€śthreatenedâ€ť by her presence, while she was supposedly â€śin tearsâ€ť over their â€śviciousâ€ť off-camera disputes. But this was pure sensationalism, playing off their on-screen rivalry. The pair had already made clear that theyâ€™re competitive professionally, but not at odds personally. For instance, Shelton told People about Clarkson, â€śMake no mistake, Kelly is my friend.â€ť And when she recently surprised him with a handmade quilt, he exclaimed on Instagram, â€śNEVER has a voice coach hand made me a gift!!! Thank you Kelly Clarkson!!!â€ť
Most recently, Naughty Gossip contended Clarkson was â€śpermanentlyâ€ť replacing Hudson on â€śThe Voice.â€ť The blog insisted that the positive reception to Clarksonâ€™s debut stint as a coach was â€śnot good newsâ€ť for Hudsonâ€™s future with the series. As Gossip Cop noted, however, Clarkson never replaced Hudson in the first place. When Clarkson was first announced as a coach, Hudson hadnâ€™t even started shooting her own season yet. Furthermore, there was a logic flaw: Even if Clarkson did have a â€śpermanentâ€ť seat on panel, that wouldnâ€™t prevent Hudson from also taking part, as thereâ€™d still be another chair. Sure enough, our debunking was proven right when NBC officially announced both Clarkson AND Hudson would be coaches for season 15.
One of the downsides to being a highly-rated reality show is that the gossip media tends to stir up drama among the stars. But as seen here, the claims about â€śThe Voiceâ€ť coaches are often easily disproven. And as long as the series remains on the air, Gossip Cop will continue to clear up any rumors as necessary.