Taste of Country recently reported that Eric Church badmouthed Blake Shelton and all reality show judges and contestants with comments published in 'Rolling Stone.'

In the most recent issue of Rolling Stone, Church questions the legitimacy of singing competition shows like the one Shelton is a huge part of. “Honestly, if Blake Shelton and Cee Lo Green f—ing turn around in a red chair, you got a deal?” he says, referring to how winners get their start in the business. “That’s crazy. I don’t know what would make an artist do that. You’re not an artist.”

Taste of Country says Shelton apparently caught wind of the in-print interview, and responded via his Twitter page. “I wish I misunderstood this…” Early Monday evening, Miranda Lambert put in her two cents on the matter — and she was not pleased. “Thanks Eric Church for saying I’m not a real artist. Or @kelly_clarkson, @carrieunderwood & @KeithUrban,” she said. “You’re welcome for the tour in 2010.”  Lambert was a contestant on the Nashville Star reality show, along with Chris Young.

Today, Eric Church issued the following apology. "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 show 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."

Church has brought up an interesting subject, and now we want to know how Country Music fans really think about reality music show contests.