Why did Ryan Gallagher have to leave The Voice?

Ryan Gallagher was disqualified from the nineteenth season of NBC’s The Voice, after he reportedly broke COVID-19 protocol and put other contestants at risk.

Ryan Gallagher appeared as a contestant on the nineteenth season of NBC’s The Voice USA and immediately became a fan favourite. During the live rounds of the competition in December 2020, host, Carson Daley, announced that Ryan had left the competition. This left his coach, Kelly Clarkson, with only her remaining artists, Desz, Madeline Consoer, Tanner Gomes and Cami Clune.

NBC representatives confirmed to Good Housekeeping in December 2020 that Ryan had breached COVID-19 protocol, therefore, he was disqualified from the competition. They stated, “Out of an abundance of caution, we cannot have him continue in the competition and potentially put others at risk.”

However, in a statement to Entertainment Tonight, Ryan’s manager, Michael Catalano, claimed he was removed from the show unfairly. He stated, “Last Sunday, my client Ryan Gallagher, who was a leading contender as part of Kelly Clarkson’s team on the current season of NBC’s The Voice, was dismissed by NBC and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios for an alleged violation of the show’s COVID- 19 protocol. In my opinion, nothing could be further from the truth.”

He further claimed that Ryan had taken the pandemic seriously from the onset, and more so when his mother was hospitalised because of the virus. He claimed that he would never have knowingly put anyone at risk and disagreed with NBC’s decision to remove him from the competition.