Just days after Martina McBride and Sara Evans publicly defended fellow country star Faith Hill's reaction during last week's CMAs, agreeing that the singer was joking when she threw up her arms and screamed "What?" as Carrie Underwood was named Female Vocalist of the Year, LeAnn Rimes has offered up her two cents on the matter.

"She was just being honest and emotional like every other person sitting at home with an opinion," Rimes wrote in a statement on her Web site. "These awards shows are so political and we all get fed up with them. We all work very hard and have for many years, so to see someone come in and win Female Vocalist that has been here for a very short time is a little disheartening. She probably felt, as I did, that Carrie has not paid her dues long enough to fully deserve that award. As artists and public figures, we have to keep our feelings so repressed so we don't get called ungrateful. Please cut her some slack!"

Apparently Rimes didn't get the joke, either.