TV’s biggest feud used to be the late night wars; now, a pair of high profile talent show judges —The Voice‘s Adam Levine and American Idol‘s Randy Jackson — are turning up the heat in their war of words.
Levine, appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Friday with his fellow judges Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton, shot back at Jackson’s recent comments that the NBC breakout hit is a fallback for the Fox juggernaut.
Ellen, masterfully stirring the pot, told the trio, “So Randy Jackson said, basically because there are bunch of singing competitions on the air right now.
“Randy said that, ‘The Voice is basically kind of a second chance place. People that don’t get in someplace else go to The Voice.’”
Of course, this fired up highly-opinionated Maroon 5 singer, who admonished Jackson that the music business is not a one-shot deal.
“I heard about this — shame on Randy Jackson for saying that, because he out of anybody should know that if you’re in this business you need second, third, fourth and fifth chances. So we love and embrace that being part of the show.
Levine them pointed out that Jackson’s own career wasn’t tinsel and red carpets until getting the Midas touch from one Simon Cowell.
“You know, God bless Randy. He was a working musician for a long time and had a lot of success and then the show Idol kind of blew him out of the water. And he is a household name now.
“It was an irresponsible thing to say that.”