Adam Levine saw two of his remaining three contestants go home last night on "The Voice" and the longtime coach clearly wasn't happy about how America voted during the Top 8 results show.
After his team member Amber Carrington made it through to next week, it came down to Holly Tucker from Blake Shelton's team and Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons from Levine's for the final spot in the Top 6. With the coach knowing at least one of his remaining two ladies was going home, the tensions were clearly running high for Levine.
At the 1:14 mark in the video below from the Tuesday, May 28 results show, you can hear Levine's mic pick up: "I hate this country," as Mashable was the first to report.
Seconds later, Holly moved on and both Judith and Sarah were eliminated.
Though longtime fans of "The Voice," which is now in its fourth season, know the coach's sense of humor, Levine's "I hate this country" comment angered viewers, who tweeted their shock and disgust en masse, noting that the remark was particularly offensive in the wake of the Oklahoma and Boston tragedies and the day after Memorial Day. (Check out a sampling of reactions in the slideshow below).
Levine defended himself on Twitter in the early hours on Wednesday with four definitions.
UPDATE: Later, Levine released a statement through NBC clarifying his comment. “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. 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.”
After the Top 16 performances, "The Voice" coaches cannot use "saves," and therefore, no longer have a say in who stays and who goes. Each week's results are all up to America, with voting available via phone, text, NBC.com, the Zeebox app, the NBC app, "The Voice" Live Facebook app and purchasing an artist's song on iTunes.
Do you think Levine was wrong in saying, "I hate this country"? Did America get it wrong in sending Judith and Sarah home? Sound off in the comments!
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