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The Voice - Season 14

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 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 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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The Voice - Season 14
The Voice

A rotating chair-full of judges search for the next great superstar singer on this NBC reality show.

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