Jeannie Mai Forced To Quit Dancing With The Stars Due To Life-Threatening Health Condition

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Jeannie Mai’s journey in Dancing With the Stars comes to an end as she is hospitalized due to an inflammatory condition called epiglottitis. According to reports, the 41-year-old co-host of The Real is putting her health first as doctors discovered a throat infection which requires immediate attention and surgery. Jeannie, who was competing on the 29th season of the dancing series in a statement on Good Morning America said, “I am heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here.” Jeannie’s health condition is potentially life-threatening, as Mayo Clinic confirmed that with such an infection, the tissue in the windpipe becomes inflamed and can block airflow to the lungs.

She added, “I have pushed myself to new limits physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we’ve come,” according to reports in a leading media website. Reportedly, Jeannie Mai has been really sick for days and amid the coronavirus pandemic, many doubted that it could be coronavirus. However, she took multiple tests and the results were negative for Covid-19. A source confirmed that Jeannie was planning to perform and that didn’t rehearse yesterday. The source said, “It took them a minute to realize that she’d have to drop out entirely and not just miss tonight’s performance.”

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Jeannie Mai and her DWTS partner Brandon Armstrong in no time became fan favourites on the ABC competition show. She said that the last several weeks had been an amazing learning experience. She has pushed herself to new limits both physically and mentally, and that she is proud of how far they’ve come. She added, “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!”

The American dance competition television series Dancing with the Stars premiered on June 1, 2005, on ABC. Tom Bergeron was the show’s first host since its inception until 2019.