05/29/2013 10:30 am ET Updated May 29, 2013

Adam Levine On 'The Voice': 'I Hate This Country' (VIDEO)

Does Adam Levine "hate this country?"

Probably not. But the Maroon 5 singer and vocal coach on NBC's "The Voice" singing competition certainly has stirred up controversy after a live mic caught him muttering "I hate this country" this week.

The clearly unhappy coach made the remark during Tuesday night's top 8 results show before his once-favored protegees Judith Hill and Sarah Simmons were eliminated.

Many blogs sympathized with Levine's disappointment -- if not his comments -- as both Hill and Simmons had been considered two of the strongest performers on "The Voice" this season. (Hill was named the singer to beat early on by Newsday.)

Nevertheless, the seemingly off-handed comment was immediately dissected on Twitter by a mix of "The Voice" fans and outraged conservatives.

In aftermath of the incident, and as an apparent response to the outrage, Levine sent out a series of tweets defining several words including "joke," and "misunderstand."

"The Voice" continues next week, with six remaining contestants. Coaches Levine, Usher and Shakira have one singer left each, while coach Blake Shelton still has three contestants left in the running.

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