Blake Shelton Apologizes for Past Tweets, Says Jokes Were 'Inappropriate' But Not 'Hateful'

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"Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it's always been out there for anyone to see. That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form."

Blake Shelton apologized Wednesday for his past tweets that surfaced over the weekend that contained jokes about gay people, women and other races.

The tweets in question date from 2009 to 2011 and have since been deleted, though fans captured a series of screenshots.

The country singer attempted to appease the situation Wednesday afternoon with a statement clarifying that his humor is often “inappropriate” but not "hateful."

“Everyone knows comedy has been a major part of my career and it’s always been out there for anyone to see. That said anyone that knows me also knows I have no tolerance for hate of any kind or form," he wrote in the Twitter statement. "Can my humor at times be inappropriate and immature? Yes. Hateful? Never. That said I deeply apologize to anybody who may have been offended.”

This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

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