Dancing With The Stars Contestant Jeannie Mai Hospitalized, Pulls Out of Competition

by Quentin Blount

Jeannie Mai is ending her Dancing With the Stars journey, according to multiple sources.

The ABC dance competition announced the news Monday morning. They wrote in a tweet that Mai and her DWTS partner, Brandon Armstrong, would not be competing on the show after the 41-year-old TV host had to go to the hospital.

“Jeannie Mai will not be able to continue to compete on #DWTS this season due to a health concern that requires immediate attention,” the official DWTS Twitter account shared in a statement. “Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.”

The statement continued, explaining how the show will proceed without Mai.

“Since Jeannie had to withdraw from the competition, tonight’s show will feature the eight remaining couples and a single elimination.”

Dancing With the Stars Jeannie Mai Diagnosed with Epiglottitis

Doctors gave Mai a diagnosis of epiglottitis, a potentially life-threatening condition. According to the Mayo Clinic, epiglottitis can cause the tissue in the windpipe to become inflamed. In extreme flare ups, it can block airflow to the lungs.

She shared the news of her recent diagnosis in a statement saying, “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. I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we’ve come. The last several weeks have been an amazing learning experience.I can’t thank my partner Brandon [Armstrong] 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!”

Brandon Armstrong, Mai’s dance partner, recently spoke on the matter with Good Morning America.

We are devastated by the news that we’re going to have to cut this season short. But Jeannie’s health does come first,” he said. “Thank you to all the fans that have helped get us this far. We are praying for a speedy recovery for Jeannie.”