Jeannie Mai’s ‘DWTS’ journey has come to an end. Jeannie revealed that she has to leave the show after being hospitalized and discovering she has a potentially life-threatening condition.
“It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS,” Jeannie Mai, 41, said in a statement to HollywoodLife. “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.” The news was first announced during Good Morning America, just hours before the new episode of Dancing With the Stars.
The Real co-host was hospitalized after being diagnosed with epiglottitis. Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis, which is a small cartilage “lid” that covers your windpipe — swells and blocks the flow of air into your lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Despite having to leave DWTS prematurely, Jeannie is so thankful for the incredible experience the show has been for her. “The last several weeks have been an amazing learning experience,” Jeannie’s statement continued. “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!” This story is developing.