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The Voice contestant Ryan Gallagher kicked off show for breaking COVID protocols

Entertainment Weekly logo Entertainment Weekly 12/2/2020 Rachel Yang
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The Voice contestant Ryan Gallagher has been removed from the competition after breaking the production's COVID-19 protocols, EW has learned.

Gallagher was absent from Monday's live playoffs. At the time, host Carson Daly said the opera singer had to "exit the competition" but did not explain why.

Gallagher, who was on Kelly Clarkson's team, went up against Team Blake's Taryn Papa, Team Legend's Julia Cooper, and Team Gwen's Larriah Jackson for a spot in the top 17 on the Nov. 24 episode. At the top of Monday's live episode, fans found out Papa scored enough votes to advance.

Gallagher alluded to the situation Monday on his Instagram Story.

"Thank you for your concern for my family, however, everybody is fine," he said in a short video. "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." Shortly after, Gallagher uploaded a cryptic a photo of himself and the caption "2020 you are an interesting one."

a man standing on a stage holding a microphone: Opera singer Ryan Gallagher was absent from Monday's live playoffs, with 'The Voice' host Carson Daly saying he had to 'exit the competition.' © Tyler Golden/NBC Opera singer Ryan Gallagher was absent from Monday's live playoffs, with 'The Voice' host Carson Daly saying he had to 'exit the competition.'

The same day, Gallagher had asked fans to choose which suit he should wear on the Voice stage.

Hailing from Ada, Mich., Gallagher sang Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion's "The Prayer" during week 2 of blind auditions and was selected by Clarkson.

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