Adam Levine Issues Statement Explaining "I Hate This Country" Comment

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After Adam Levine's controversial "I hate this country" comment on The Voice caused a social media firestorm, the singer is speaking out and has issued a statement through NBC explaining why he said what he did. Adam Levine ruffled A LOT of feathers the other night on The Voice.

Before the results were announced on the Live Top 8 Eliminations, Adam was heard saying "I hate this country" into a hot mic while he was off-camera.

Immediately after the controversial comment, Adam became the target of some pretty harsh criticism.

At first, Adam just kind of poked fun at the incident on his Twitter, posting the definitions for "misunderstand," "lighthearted," "humorless" and "joke," without directly addressing or apologizing for the statement.

Obviously, that didn't appease the droves of offended fans, so Adam has now issued a formal explanation through NBC:

"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."

While he does sound sorry about it, he didn't actually apologize. Do you accept Adam's explanation in lieu of an apology?

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