LOS ANGELES, May 29 (UPI) -- U.S. rocker Adam Levine says he muttered "I hate this country" because he was frustrated viewers voted off two of his contestants on "The Voice."
Levine was overheard making the comment under his breath during Tuesday's live telecast after contestants Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons got the boot, while country singer Amber Carrington earned a reprieve and moved on to the next round of the vocal competition series.
"I obviously love my country very much and my comments last night were made purely out of frustration," Levine said in a statement issued through NBC Wednesday.
"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."