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A hand full of country stars aren't real happy with fellow country star Eric Church's comments in a recent Rolling Stone magazine article, in which Church drops f-bombs and takes direct aim at reality shows like American Idol, Nashville Star and The Voice. Eric told Rolling Stone, "Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f---ing turn around in a red chair, you get a deal? That's crazy. I don't know what would make an artist do that. You're not an artist." Church went on to reference The Voiceand Shelton telling the publication, "If I was concerned about my legacy, there's no f---ing way I would ever sit there [and be a reality-show judge]. Once your career becomes something other than the music, then that's what it is. I'll never make that mistake. I don't care if I f---ing starve."
Blake himself later tweeted in response, ""I wish I misunderstood this." Mrs. Shelton, Miranda Lambert also tweeted regarding her former tour opener saying: "Thanks Eric Church for saying I'm not a real artist or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. Your welcome for the tour in 2010."
Late last evening after the story broke, Eric Church released the following statement regarding his comments via his Nashville publicist's office: "The comment I made to Rolling Stone was part of a larger commentary on these types of reality television shows and the perception they create, not the artists involved with the shows themselves. The shows make it appear that artists can shortcut their way to success. There are a lot of artists due to their own perseverance that have gone on to be successful after appearing on these shows, but the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling. Every artist has to follow up television appearances with dedication towards their craft, but these shows tend to gloss over that part and make it seem like you can be ordained into stardom. I have a problem with those perceived shortcuts, not just in the music industry. Many people have come to think they can just wake up and have things handed to them. I have a lot of respect for what artists like Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and my friend Miranda Lambert have gone on to accomplish. This piece was never intended to tear down any individual and I apologize to anybody I offended in trying to shed light on this issue. I am grateful for all of the artists and fans that have supported me along my journey and certainly did not mean for my comments to undermine their talent and achievements."