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Adam Levine defends making 'I hate this country' comment on 'The Voice'

Adam Levine during BMI's 61st Annual Pop Awards

Adam Levine during BMI's 61st Annual Pop Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif. (May 14, 2013) Credit: Getty Images

"The Voice" coach Adam Levine went into damage control mode Wednesday after remarking on Tuesday's show that "I hate this country." The Maroon 5 frontman made the comment after viewer votes eliminated two of his team's three remaining singers from the NBC singing competition.

"I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," Levine, 34, said in a statement Wednesday. "Being a part of 'The Voice,' I am passionately invested in my team and want to see my artists succeed. Last night's elimination of Judith [Hill] and Sarah [Simmons] 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."

His off-camera comment was caught on a live microphone just after host Carson Daly announced that Levine's remaining contestant, Amber Carrington, was the first of two being "saved by America."

"Adam was pretty bummed and very passionate about both of us," Hill told E! News backstage. "He said to us, 'You know, it's a game show. You deserve to both be here.' "

Simmons told E!, "He was really upset for sure. Very, very upset."

Levine's remark caused much outrage online, as did four follow-up tweets the singer posted early Wednesday morning offering dictionary definitions of "joke," "humorless," "lighthearted" and "misunderstand."

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