Adam Levine’s ‘I Hate This Country’ Comment Backlash Prompts Apology

Adam Levine’s “I hate this country” off-hand quip, picked up by a “live mic” on The Voice‘s most recent elimination round, offended quite a few Americans as the comment was aired live last night.

As The Inquisitr reported earlier, Levine’s “I hate this country” remark prompted the singer to tweet out a series of defensive dictionary definitions in response to the criticism lobbed at him following his audible disdain for, at least, his fellow Americans’ taste in music.

Levine was reacting to the elimination of two of his favorites from the reality music competition, in favor of a country singer, who was spared elimination in the latest round of mass voting.

But it seems Adam Levine had to do a bit more than tweet some explanations — the singer was forced to address his remark further via a statement from NBC.

After viewers called for Levine to not only be fired but possibly deported for the remark (probably not a reasonable concern), he clarified his statement in response to the brouhaha.

In the release, Levine said:

“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 continued:

“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.”

He concluded:

“I am very connected to my artists and know they have long careers ahead, regardless of their outcome on the show.”

Still, Levine got a bit of criticism on Twitter for his perceived lack of patriotism, with tweets like this one:

Were you offended by Adam Levine’s “I hate this country” remark, or was his frustration reasonable?