Adam Levine Posts Definition Of 'Joke' After 'I Hate This Country' Backlash

Maroon 5 singer was criticized for his comment, made after two of his 'Voice' contestants were sent home.

Adam Levine is a passionate man. You can hear it in the yearning vocals of Maroon 5 songs and in the spirited banter he engages in with his fellow celebrity judges on "The Voice" every week.

But some viewers felt that Levine got a bit too emotional after Tuesday night's results show revealed that two of his team members were going home."I hate this country!" Levine muttered off camera before host Carson Daly announced the voting results.

The next shot showed a grinning Levine crossing fingers on both hands as he awaited the news. Soon after, Twitter blew up with angry calls for him to be fired from the show, deported, or otherwise penalized for his seemingly unpatriotic quip.

Levine calmly responded with a simple, English lit major-worthy comment. "Joke- noun 1. something said or done to provoke laughter or cause amusement, as a witticism, a short and amusing anecdote, or prankish act," he tweeted.

Levine, who has only one team member left, country singer Amber Carrington, followed with the dictionary definitions of "humorless," "lighthearted" and "misunderstand."

Many of his 4.3 million followers seemed to get it, with a number referring to him as "Adam the Dictionary," and one, Shanice, writing, "I love how you handle things haha."

With the heat still coming in on Wednesday morning (May 29), Levine also released a statement through his spokesperson, which read, "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. 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."

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