“Dancing with the Stars” announced on Monday that contestant Jeannie Mai will not be able to continue competing on the show. Mai, the host of the daytime talk show “The Real,” will not return for the season “due to health concerns that need immediate care,” DWTS announced on Twitter.
“Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a quick and complete recovery,” the tweet continued.
In a statement to CBS News on Tuesday, Mai said: “I am very sad that I will not be able to continue playing on DWTS. My doctors have discovered a health problem with my throat, requires immediate care and surgery. ”
“It hurts me that my DWTS journey has to end here,” Mai’s statement continued. “The past few weeks have been an amazing learning experience. I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I’m so proud of how far we’ve come. I can’t feel it.” Thanks to my partner Brandon for supporting and believing in me. I also want to thank the MAI fans who voted every week and I wish everyone else in the contest good luck! “
ABC, broadcaster DWTS, reported that Mai was hospitalized after being diagnosed with cystitis, which is “a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis – a ‘cap’ of cartilage. Small cells that cover your trachea – swell, block the flow of air. into your lungs, “according to the Mayo Clinic.
After the announcement, Mai received strong support on social networks. Garcelle Beauvais, one of the co-organizers of Mai’s “The Real”, posted an image of Mai on Instagarm with the line: “We Love you! Feel better.”
“All the best to my friend @jeanniemai … get well !!!” tweeted “The Real” co-organizer Loni Love.
Mai’s DWTS partner Brandon Armstrong posted a long message for her on Instagram. “JEANNIE! I’m so sorry this happened to you! You don’t deserve it! Your journey in this show is special, so unique and so inspirational!” he wrote. “I love ONLY EVERY WEEK that we get through this together! I hope I’ve helped give you an experience you’ll remember forever!”
“We share a lot of good times, hard times and all the time in between but mostly a lot of laughter! Mostly you laugh at me but hey I will accept get it! ” Armstrong’s post continued. “Thank you for such a great season! We will all pray for a quick recovery!”
In another tweet, DWTS aided that because “Jeannie had to withdraw from the contest, tonight’s show will have eight couples left and one couple disqualified.”