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'The Voice's' Adam Levine tries to dig self out of 'hate my country' hole

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: A view

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 21: A view of atmosphere as Adam Levine kicks off his collection for ShopYourWay.com and KMart on February 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images) Credit: Getty Andrew H. Walker

Oh the holes we dig, and Adam Levine dug a doozy for himself on Tuesday night's "The Voice" when he muttered, sotto voce, "I hate my country," following the ouster of proteges Judith Hill and Sarah  Simmon.

Those are fightin' words on a nationally televised program — and Levine instantly tried to extricate himself from the brawl that ensued on Twitter. He said he was just making a joke, etc. though that apparently mollified no one, because a statement  has  now been released to the press:  

"I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," Levine said in a statement. "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 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."

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