UNDATED (AP/NewsChannel 5) - Eric Church is apologizing for comments he made to Rolling Stone, bashing reality music shows and the artists appearing on them.
He told the magazine that he would "never make that mistake" of being a reality-show judge, saying he would rather starve.
He said "If Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green turn around in a red chair, you got a deal? That's crazy. I don't know what would make an artist do that. You're not an artist."
Blake Shelton tweeted a link to the story, saying as a judge on "The Voice," he wishes he misunderstood it.
Miranda Lambert not only took offense for her husband, but early on she competed on the show "Nashville Star."
Lambert tweeted "thanks Eric Church" for saying she's not a real artist, or Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban.
Church apologized in a statement to anyone he offended, especially the artists who've done those shows, saying he did not mean for his comments to undermine their talent and achievements.
Church said he just wanted to shed light on the fact that these shows give people an unrealistic understanding of what it takes to be a real recording artist. He said "the real obstacles come after the cameras stop rolling."
Eric Church said late Tuesday afternoon: "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."
Church is currently on the road with his Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour. He makes a stop in Nashville on Saturday at Bridgestone Arena.