Text in 'Contact List' variable


Hi all,

I would like to ask a stupid question. I have an 'assigned to' column with a 'contact list' variable. In the settings, I allow to also just enter text of names (for example for people not having a SS account) - as in the settings I did not select 'Restrict to list values only' (see screenshot below).

It is all working fine, so I am able now to add multiple people just via text and I am also able to add multiple people via the contact list itself. However, I am not able to combine it, so meaning that a contact list person and (let's call it) a text person cannot be entered in the same cell as it is asking for an email address to be provided, which I would like to avoid).

Any solution here?