Lewis Jacobs/NBC
June 22, 2011 at 01:49 PM EDT

The Voice

TV Show
Reality TV, Music
run date
Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys
Current Status
In Season

The Voice coach Cee Lo Green immediately reached out to gay contestants Vicci Martinez and Nakia after he lashed out against a music critic with a tweet that offended some in the gay community, according to SheWired.com. On Friday, after performing with Rihanna in Minneapolis, Green responded to a harsh review with a post directed at music editor Andrea Swensson, saying, “I respect your criticism, but be fair! People enjoyed last night! I’m guessing you’re gay? And my masculinity offended you? Well f*** you!”

Martinez, who’s on Team Cee Lo, told SheWired.com that “right away, he messaged us and was like, ‘I just want you guys to know that this just came out and that’s not how I feel. They are totally messing it up, blowing it up, and I just want to apologize to you guys first.’ He was like, ‘so, if you start hearing stuff, just know that I love you and that’s just sometimes what happens in the business.’ “

Green also made a public apology, telling Us Weekly in a statement: “I most certainly am not harboring any sort of negative feeling toward the gay community. I don’t have an opinion on people with different religious, sexual or political preferences. I’m one of the most liberal artists that I think you will ever meet, and I pride myself on that. Two of the remaining members that I have on my team on The Voice are proud and outspokenly gay. We just did a team performance of ‘Everyday People,’ and I picked that song for us to do specifically to highlight how we can get along even though we’re so different.”

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