Jeannie Mai‘s hopes of taking home the ‘Dancing with the Stars’ win to her snowman comes to an unfortunate halt as she is leaving Season 29 due to an urgent health concern.
As Mai revealed to Good Morning America on Monday, she has been diagnosed with epiglottitis, an inflammatory and potentially life-threatening condition of the throat that can cause swelling and block air to the lungs. She has since been hospitalized to address the diagnosis.
“My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery,” Mai said in a statement. “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.” (Mai was paired with pro dancer Brandon Armstrong, who added that he is “devastated” over their early exit, “but Jeannie’s health does come first.”)
Dancing With the Stars also confirmed Mai’s departure in a tweet on Monday, which read, “Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a full and speedy recovery.”
Though tonight’s Dancing broadcast (ABC, 8/7c) was slated to end with a double elimination, only one couple will now be sent home due to Mai’s premature exit. Peep the announcements below. Our sincere prayers and well wishes go out to Mai at this time.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) November 2, 2020
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