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Adam Levine is responding to the backlash related to his muttered comment on last night's "The Voice."
In what appears to be an accident, the mentor on the reality singing series briefly uttered, "I hate this country," into his microphone directly before his team members Sarah Simmons and Judith Hill were eliminated.
The singing coach was clearly upset that two of his singers were in the bottom two during Tuesday's the voice and needed "saved by America" through votes, but his comment sparked outrage.
Watch a highlight video from last night's episode here- Levine's comment can be heard at 1:14 in the clip.
On Twitter, viewers immediately sounded off about Levine's "hate." While some sympathized with the coach, others were incensed.
In response to the social media buzz, Levine took to the microblogging site himself early this morning with an explanation.
Maroon 5's lead man posted the definitions of several words such as "joke," insinuating that his comment during "The Voice" was misunderstood.
"joke- noun. 1. Something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or prankish act," the singer posted.
"humorless (hymr-ls) adj. 1. Lacking a sense of humor. 2. Said or done without humor," Levine continued.
The singer went on to define "lighthearted" and "misunderstand" via Twitter as well as a means of defending himself against the flak.
Nevertheless, Levine saying "I hate this country" ignited hundreds of surprised reactions on Twitter, such as Ashley who wrote, "Someone is gonna get fired for leaving @adamlevine's mic on when he said 'I hate this country' #thevoice"
"@AdamLevine hates this country," started John. "Well, I'm not too fond of him either so it all works out well."
Meanwhile, Tuesday's episode of "The Voice" saw Levine's other finalist, Amber Carrington, spared from elimination.
"The Voice" airs on NBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. EST.