“Dancing with the Stars” announced on Monday that contestant Jeannie Mai will not be able to continue to compete on the show. Mai, a host on the daytime talk show “The Real,” will not return for the season “due to a health concern that requires immediate attention,” DWTS announced on Twitter.
“Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a full and speedy recovery,” the tweet continued.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=true&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1323264774709235712&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fjeannie-mai-quits-dancing-with-the-stars-hospitalization%2F&siteScreenName=CBSNews&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px
Jeannie Mai will not be able to continue to compete on #DWTS this season due to a health concern that requires immediate attention. Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a full and speedy recovery. pic.twitter.com/HTgkhC5tXt— Dancing with the Stars #DWTS (@DancingABC) November 2, 2020
In a statement to CBS News on Tuesday, Mai said: “It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS. My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery.”
“I am heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here,” Mai’s statement continued. “The last several weeks have been an amazing learning experience. I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we’ve come. I can’t thank my partner Brandon enough for being so supportive and believing in me. I also want to thank MAI fans who voted every week and I wish everyone else in the competition the best of luck!”
ABC, which broadcasts DWTS, reports that Mai was hospitalized after being diagnosed with epiglottis, which is “a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis — a small cartilage ‘lid’ that covers your windpipe — swells, blocking the flow of air into your lungs,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
Following the announcement, Mai received an outpouring of support on social media. Garcelle Beauvais, one of Mai’s co-hosts on “The Real,” posted an image of Mai on Instagarm writing, “We Love you! Feel better.”