'The Voice' artist Ryan Gallagher reportedly forced to leave the show for violating COVID-19 protocols
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/02/2020
The Voice artist Ryan Gallagher's shocking and sudden exit from The Voice's nineteenth season after his Knockout-Round performance has gone largely unexplained -- until now.
Ryan, a 31-year-old singer and former backup choir vocalist for Josh Groban, did not quit The Voice, nor did he have to leave the show due to sickness or a family emergency.
Ryan was actually forced off the NBC reality singing competition due to his violation of coronavirus rules, which were put in place to keep the entire The Voice cast and crew safe, according to the Michigan news website, MLive.
Details of how exactly Ryan, who is originally from Ada, MI and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA, broke the rules have yet to be reported.
"The Voice has strict Covid protocols in place to secure a safe set. Ryan broke those protocols and out of an abundance of caution, we cannot have him continue in the competition and potentially put others at risk," NBC Universal representative Tori Walsh told MLive in a statement.
Ryan first addressed his unexpected departure after he was a no-show on Monday night's episode of The Voice.
"Thank you everybody for your concern for my family. However everybody's fine. That's not the cause of what happened tonight on The Voice," Ryan said in a video posted to his Twitter account and Instagram Stories on Monday night.
Ryan therefore hinted his exit was not in relation to his mother's recent hospitalization with COVID-19.
"I didn't drop out of the show," Ryan also confirmed. "Details are still to come. I'll keep you posted."
Ryan followed up his post on Instagram Stories with, "2020, you are an interesting one."
The Voice fans received no explanation on Monday night's show as to why Ryan will no longer compete on the show this season.
Ryan from Kelly Clarkson's team was supposed to join three other artists onstage -- Blake Shelton's team member Taryn Papa, John Legend's artist Julia Cooper, and Gwen Stefani's team member Larriah Jackson -- to learn the results of their Four-Way Knockout that had aired on NBC last week.
"Last week, one artist from each team competed in a heated Four-Way Knockout," The Voice host Carson Daly said at the top of the broadcast.
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"Team Blake's Taryn Papa, Team Legend's Julia Cooper and Team Gwen's Larriah Jackson all join me now. As a side note, Team Kelly's Ryan Gallagher had to exit the competition, so the Four-Way winner was decided based on the votes received for these three remaining artists."
Although it's unclear whether Ryan had received the most votes from his Four-Way Knockout, Carson ultimately announced Taryn would advance based on the votes that were tallied for the other three contestants.
Julia Cooper and Larriah Jackson were therefore eliminated from the competition and Taryn performed as a member of the Top 17 in the Live Playoffs on Monday night for home-viewer votes.
The Top 9 artists will be determined on Tuesday night's The Voice episode on NBC.
Last week, Ryan performed Andrea Bocelli's "Time To Say Goodbye" for his Four-Way Knockout and definitely impressed the coaches.
"Ryan, you stand out above everyone because no one sings like you," Kelly told her team member.
"Even if I don't even know what you're saying, it didn't even matter. It was so moving and that's the kind of voice I love. It's time for a fresh new thing!"
When Ryan first stepped on The Voice stage in the Blind Auditions that aired last month, he blew everyone away with his rendition of Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion's "The Prayer."