Gwen Stefani Walked Off Saying She Was Going to "Quit" During 'The Voice' Battle Rounds

The season 19 coach was super emotional when it came to two artists.

  • The Voice season 19 airs on NBC Monday and Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET.
  • Last Monday, coach Gwen Stefani jokingly threatened to quit the singing competition show over a difficult decision.
  • Many viewers were happy with Gwen’s choice to advance Carter Rubin and save Larriah Jackson.

Gwen Stefani (opens in new tab) was under quite a bit of pressure on The Voice (opens in new tab) recently, and she almost couldn’t handle it.

For a recent Battle Round, season 19 contestants Carter Rubin and Larriah Jackson (opens in new tab) performed a duet of Meghan Trainor (opens in new tab) and fellow coach John Legend (opens in new tab)'s "Like I'm Gonna Lose You (opens in new tab)." After the talented teenagers earned a standing ovation, coach Kelly Clarkson (opens in new tab) jokingly turned to Gwen and told her how “screwed (opens in new tab)” she was now that the No Doubt singer had to pick only one to advance.

At first, the difficult decision appeared to be too much for her. "I’m going to quit now," Gwen said (opens in new tab), walking off away from her red chair.

Thankfully, the “Hollaback Girl (opens in new tab)” singer didn’t actually make a run for it and returned to contemplate the important choice. "This might take a minute,” she said (opens in new tab). “Every second that goes by I keep changing my mind … I don’t know what to do. I really don’t know what to do.”

In the end, Gwen declared Carter the winner. In a surprise turn of events though, the coach also saved Larriah from elimination: "That was the worst thing ever, to have to choose. They were both equally so deserving to move forward."

Fans were excited about Gwen's decision and wouldn’t have had it any other way. “Brought tears of joy when Gwen saved Larriah. Both are excellent!” one person wrote (opens in new tab). “Beautifully done 🤘🤙❤️💕 wow @gwenstefani tough choice 💕,” another added. “I love that she kept them both!” a different fan said.

Selena Barrientos is the associate entertainment and news editor for Good Housekeeping — she writes and reports on the latest shows and movies, in addition to spotlighting Latinx celebrities. In 2017, she graduated with a B.A. in journalism and creative writing from CUNY Hunter College. Named after the famous Tex-Mex singer, Selena is a proud first-generation Mexican-American from New York City.