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NBC Issues Statement About Why Ryan Gallagher Was Kicked Off 'The Voice,' He Responds & Denies It All

The Voice‘s Ryan Gallagher was disqualified from the show ahead of this past week’s episode during the live rounds.

Now, NBC has released a statement explaining that the singer breached Coronavirus safety protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible while the pandemic is still ongoing.

NBC and MGM said in a statement (via People), “Ryan is a talented artist, however The Voice has strict Covid protocols in place to secure a safe set for our crew, coaches and contestants. We were made aware of a breach in those protocols, and after examining the situation, and out of abundance of caution, we determined that Ryan could not participate in our Monday night show without potentially putting others at risk. Therefore, we made the difficult decision to remove Ryan from the competition.”

Ryan‘s rep responded in a statement, denying this.

“Last Sunday my client Ryan Gallagher, who was a leading contender as part of Kelly Clarkson’s team on the current season of NBC-TV’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.” Michael Catalano told the outlet. Michael added that Ryan “understands all too well how serious the Covid 19 pandemic is in this country and around the world. In fact, recently Ryan‘s mother in Michigan was hospitalized with Covid 19 and was in ICU for three weeks. It was a scary time for Ryan and his family and he certainly would not knowingly put anyone at risk by not adhering to the show’s Covid 19 policy.”

“As you can imagine there is more to the story here than the show has announced and at an appropriate time and place of our choosing Ryan will respond to these damaging allegations,” his manager continued. “Ryan, whose performing career began at age fifteen as a backup singer for Josh Groban in Michigan, has been devastated by the show’s dismissal. A career as a singer/performer has been his life-long dream.”

Ryan‘s rep concluded, “Ryan is so touched by the massive outpouring of support he has received from thousands of viewers who were hugely disappointed by the show’s actions and are vowing to support him in his future endeavors. He remains very, very appreciative. Thank you for your continued support of Ryan Gallagher during this difficult time.”

You can find out more about what went down this past week on The Voice right here.

'The Voice' Contestant Ryan Gallagher Was Disqualified From The Competition

The Voice is missing one of its contestants.

According to reports, Ryan Gallagher has been disqualified from the show after “violating COVID protocols”.

The singer was one of the few selected to be on coach Kelly Clarkson‘s team this season and was vying for the last spot in the live rounds.

However, when the winner was announced, he was no where to be found and host Carson Daly explained, without further details that Ryan “had to exit the competition.”

TheWrap reports that a person close to production revealed that Ryan was removed from the show after violating the show’s rules surrounding COVID-19 safety. NBC had no comment on the reasons for his exit.

Ryan shared earlier in the season that his mother and grandmother had both been hospitalized with coronavirus, and fans assumed that was the reason for his sudden exit.

However, he told fans on Instagram that wasn’t the case.

“Thanks you everybody for your concern for my family,” he shared. “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.”

It was just revealed that this popular judge would be returning again for season 20 of The Voice.