Adam Levine, who lost two of his team members on The Voice Tuesday night, could be heard saying “I hate this country,” just before the official results were announced. The comment, caught by a mic while Levine was off camera, stirred up Twitter and forced the Maroon 5 frontman to explain himself.

At first, Levine looked to clear the air through his Twitter account. The series of four tweets gave definitions for “joke,” “humorless,” “lighthearted,” and “misunderstand,” respectively.

On Wednesday, Levine released a statement through his rep to further explain the offhand quip. “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 said.

“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.”

Simmon and Hill were early favorites on season 3 of The Voice, leaving more than just Levine shocked by their elimination. His fellow judges, as well as the live audience, were all surprised to see the power vocalists leaving the competition. Levine now only has only one artist remaining, country singer Amber Carrington.

One story Levine hasn’t commented on is his rumored new relationship with model Nina Agdal. According to sources, the pair has started casually dating, reported People magazine.

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