Kelly Clarkson's team is down one member on The Voice. During the live performances on Monday night, host Carson Daly announced that classically trained vocalist Ryan Gallagher "had to exit the competition." Gallagher previously competed in the 4-Way Knockout last week and was a fan favourite in the competition. While NBC didn't give any more information about his departure, Gallagher posted a cryptic message about his exit online.
After previously announcing that his mother had been hospitalized with COVID-19, many fans speculated that his exit was family-related. However, on his Instagram Stories, the singer confirmed that his family is doing OK and his exit wasn't related to that. "Thank you everybody for your concern for my family," he said in the clip. "However, everybody's fine; that's not the cause of what happened tonight on The Voice. I didn't drop out of the show. Details are still to come. I'll keep you posted." Shortly after The Voice aired, he followed up by posting a photo of him on his Instagram Stories with the text, "2020 you are an interesting one."
Although NBC hasn't commented on the exit further, Entertainment Tonight reported that "Gallagher broke The Voice's strict COVID protocols and therefore wasn't allowed to continue in the competition out of concern for keeping the coaches, crew and fellow competitors safe."
While The Voice has returned to the studio this season, it is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of everyone on set, including social distancing and ongoing COVID tests. As Chrissy Teigen noted, her entire family has to take COVID tests "so often" to ensure John Legend doesn't bring anything to the Voice set.