The Voice season 19 contestant Ryan Gallagher has left the show after breaking the production’s COVID-19 protocols, Billboard can confirm.
Host Carson Daly announced Gallagher’s exit Monday night when the live shows officially kicked off. The 31-year-old classically trained musician from Ada, Mich., who was representing Kelly Clarkson’s team, failed to secure the last spot in the top 17.
While Daly didn’t share a specific reason for Gallagher’s absence during the broadcast, Billboard can confirm that Gallagher violated the show’s coronavirus protocols and could no longer continue in the competition out of caution for the health and safety of the coaches, contestants and crew.
Fans initially speculated a family-related emergency was behind Gallagher’s departure, after he told the coaches his mother had been hospitalized with COVID-19. But in a video posted to his Instagram Story on Monday night, Gallagher reassured fans that his family was fine and “details are still to come” about his abrupt leave.
“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,” he explained. “I didn’t drop out of the show. Details are still to come I’ll keep you posted.”
Gallagher later shared a black-and-white photo of himself wearing a tuxedo with the caption “2020 you are an interesting one.”
Watch the blind audition that scored Gallagher his spot on the show below: