"The Voice" season premiere included Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton in their red chairs and virtual fans. USA TODAY


Fans of "The Voice" might have noticed a contestant was missing he wrote. 

Fans speculated that the reason for Gallagher's departure was due to a sickness in his family, since he shared earlier this season that his mother had been hospitalized with COVID-19.

In a tweet Monday evening, however, Gallagher returned to Twitter to give an update on why he wasn't on the show, ruling out a family sickness but otherwise leaving things unclear.

"Thank you everybody for the concern for my family. However, everybody's fine. That's not the cause of what happened tonight on 'The Voice'," he says in the clip. "I didn't drop out of the show, details are still to come, I'll keep you posted."

On his Instagram Stories, he also posted a photo of himself in a tuxedo with the words: "2020 you are an interesting one"

According to reports from Entertainment Tonight and Yahoo Entertainment, Gallagher was forced to leave the competition after breaking the show's strict COVID-19 protocols.

USA TODAY has reached out to "The Voice" for comment. 

Monday's episode was the first live show of the season, which saw the top 17 contestants lay it all on the line. 

Blake Shelton entered the playoffs with five artists, compared with the other coaches' teams of four. But Clarkson declared Shelton's reign of country is over. 

"All coaches are going into the playoffs with a country singer on their team," Clarkson said. "Blake Shelton does not rule anymore."

Contributing: Cydney Henderson

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