Updated: Eric Church Ruffles Miranda’s Feathers, Apologizes

His distaste for reality shows, including The Voice, rankles former tour mate.

Intentionally or unintentionally, comments made by Eric Church in a Rolling Stone interview have fired up Miranda Lambert.

Eric, who has never been afraid to speak his mind, shared his distaste for reality shows such as American Idol and The Voice, the latter of which co-stars Miranda's husband, Blake Shelton. “Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal?” Eric says in the interview. “That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist."

The comments were part of "Boozin' and Cruisin With Country's Rowdiest Star," a piece that paints Eric as more a rock 'n' roller than a country star and perhaps more a rock 'n' roller than some current rock stars.

“If I was concerned about my legacy, there’s no f—ing way I would ever sit there [and be a reality-show judge],” Eric continued. “Once your career becomes about 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.”

Miranda, who is also known for her strong opinions and who Eric toured with two years ago, took to Twitter to express her displeasure with his comments. "Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban,” she said. “Your [sic] welcome for the tour in 2010.” Miranda came in third on the first season of Nashville Star.

Chris Young also got his start on Nashville Star,  while Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina and Bucky Covington were on American Idol.

RaeLynn, the 16-year-old country hopeful who was one of Blake’s protégées on The Voice, took her opinion to her own Twitter followers, writing, “Well I was a fan of @ericchurch till now."

Blake also weighed in on Twitter, saying, “I wish I misunderstood this…” 

After initially declining to comment, Eric's publicist issued the following statement from Eric:

"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," he continued. "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."

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