Four little words caused a very big controversy Tuesday night on The Voice.

When coach Adam Levine realized that two of his artists were eliminated from the singing competition in one fell swoop, a live microphone caught him muttering, “I hate this country.”

Viewers were outraged, calling the Maroon 5 front man unpatriotic.

To make matters worse, the singer took to Twitter, not to apologize, but to post a series of definitions to words including joke, humorless, light-hearted, and misunderstanding.

That only enraged Levine’s critics, so he later released a statement clarifying his comments.

“I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration.”

“Being a part of The Voice, I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed,” Levine added. “Last night’s elimination of Judith and Sarah was confusing and downright emotional for me and my comments were made based on my personal dissatisfaction with the results. I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show.”

Carson, who was standing just a few feet away when it all went down, spoke out in defense of his co-worker and friend.

“I saw the shock in his face when he realized that somehow America hadn’t voted for Judith Hill to move on and he was just utterly stunned and the minute he said that phrase, I went, ‘Oh, probably not a good phrase to say,’ because you know today’s day and age, everything tomorrow morning is going to get taken out of context, but anybody who thinks Adam Levine might not love this country is out of their mind.”

“He was clearly frustrated,” Carson added. “It’s like when you say to your best friend, ‘Oh my god, I hate you!'”

In a sit down with Sunday Morning’s Lee Cowan, Levine addressed his remarks yet again.

“I’m very much okay with who I am,” he explained. “I’m comfortable in my skin enough to embrace that, even though I don’t say everything the right way and you know, I tend to be a bit impulsive with some of the words I select.”

Check out a preview of the interview below:

  • Do you think Adam Levine deserves all this backlash? Let us know how you feel in the comments section!

Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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