Dancing with the Stars fans on Twitter are reacting to the news that Jeannie Mai is ending her journey on the dance-competition TV show.
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 was hospitalized.
“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.”
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.”
Dancing With The Stars Contestants React on Twitter
Fellow dancers and fans of the show were quick to flood Twitter with get-well wishes for Mai following her hopitalization.
Professional dancer Cheryl Burke was one of the first to do so. Burke is best known for being one of the professional dancers on DWTS. She was the first female professional to win the show and the first professional to win twice and consecutively.
“@jeanniemai, you have been such a light on his show and I will miss having your energy on set,” Burke wrote. “You are in our hearts as you go through this. We love you so much! @brandonkstrong @DancingABC @aj_mclean“
Meanwhile, Monica Aldama posted photos of her and Mai on Twitter, wishing Mai a speedy recovery.
My sweet @jeanniemai, praying for a speedy recovery and complete restoration of health. You were such a light in my DWTS journey…my friend, my show & tell partner and the sunshine that made me smile. Looking forward to reuniting and giving you the biggest hug”
Aldama is a professional cheer-leading coach and one of the current stars on DWTS.
Furthermore, dance expert and reporter Kristyn Burtt sent my good wishes as well.
“I’m so sorry to hear this news. @jeanniemai, sending you good wishes for a speedy recovery!” Burtt says.