Comments made by Eric Church in a Rolling Stone interview have fired up Miranda Lambert.
Eric admitted he's NOT a fan of reality shows such as "American Idol" and "The Voice", the latter of which co-stars Blake Shelton.
Eric says, "Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing 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."
"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 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 Lambert hopped onto Twitter to write: "Thanks Eric Church for saying I'm not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban. You're welcome for the tour in 2010." Miranda came in third on the first season of Nashville Star and toured with Eric two years ago. OH! and she's married to Blake.
Blake also weighed in on Twitter, saying, "I wish I misunderstood this…"
RaeLynn, the 16-year-old country hopeful who was one of Blake's protegees on "The Voice", tweeted, "Well I was a fan of @ericchurch till now.
(NOTE: Chris Young also got his start on Nashville Star, while Scotty McCreery, Kellie Pickler, Lauren Alaina and Bucky Covington were on American Idol.)
UPDATE: ERIC HAS ISSUED AN APOLOGY STATEMENT, BUT HOW DO YOU GET YOURSELF OUT OF THIS ONE?
See his apology here
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.