‘The Voice’: Why Adam, Blake Never Get A Season Off

“They love doing the show and they love the paycheck"

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton on 'The Voice'

When will Blake Shelton and Adam Levine get a vacation from THE VOICE?.

They’ve been spinning those big red chairs around for 10 seasons now with no leave of absence in sight.

“They love doing the show and they love the paycheck,” NBC programming boss Bob Greenblatt joked Tuesday morning.

The show debuted in 2011 with Blake, Adam, Christina Aguilera and CeeLo Green.

Since then, the remaining two spots have been swapped out almost yearly to include recording artists Pharell Williams, Gwen Stefani, Shakira and Usher.

For season 11, the two recording stars will be joined by Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys.

Already, there are reports of friction on the set.

“Adam and Miley were non-stop bickering during their last taping together,” an insider recently told RadarOnline. “He nitpicks almost every single thing she says….Executives are now second-guessing their decision to bring Miley Cyrus on full time because she cannot get along with Adam to save her life!”

Last spring there was speculation that the Maroon 5 frontman would be leaving the show, at least temporarily, to spend time with his wife and new baby.

But that now sounds unlikely, given Greenblatt’s comments at the TCA Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills.

“I could compare it to a scripted show, you kind of have your series regulars that you love,” he said.

“(Blake and Adam) are always hugely popular when we do testing.  So we think they are the kind of pillars of the show.  Then we have this kind of revolving family of Gwen and Pharrell and now Miley and Alicia.”

“We think the heart of it is those two guys and what they have built up and then the surprise of the new (faces).”

It is unclear if the pair are contractually bound to appear each season or if they have an option to sit out.

In other VOICE news, Greenblatt confirmed that the network is exploring the possibility of an upcoming season devoted only to kids.

NBC briefly began casting for THE VOICE KIDS in 2013, but never followed through on the project.

“We have talked about it,” he says.  “We didn’t talk about it for this calendar year or the spring yet.  But it is something we have started to talk about, so it is possible.”

THE VOICE will air a special 30 minute “Blind Auditions” special immediately following the Olympics Closing Ceremonies on Sunday, September 21.

Season 11 of THE VOICE kicks off September 19 on NBC.

Sean Daly

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