LOS ANGELES (CNN) - Maroon 5 lead singer and "The Voice" judge Adam Levine is in hot water after a comment he made on Tuesday night's episode of the show.
After one of his contestants was eliminated from "The Voice", Levine was caught on his live mic saying "I hate this country." The comment immediately set off a social media backlash against the 34-year-old singer.
"I think I hate Maroon 5 just as much as Adam Levine hates America," said one angry Twitter user.
Many people were shocked when Levine's contestant, Judith Hill, was eliminated from the singing competition. Who leaves "The Voice" is determined by the viewers and is based on the number of votes each contestant receives. Hill appeared to be a front runner on the show until her elimination on Tuesday night. As soon as her elimination was announced, Levine uttered the comment. Hill's elimination from the show left him with only one artist still in the running for the top spot. On Wednesday, he issued a statement.
"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," said Levine.
"The Voice" will air on Monday and Tuesday night where he will continue as a judge.