Our beloved Jeannie Mai has undergone surgery after being diagnosed with a life-threatening illness.
Jeannie was hospitalized after suffering a parapharyngeal deep-neck abscess. Fortunately, after emergency airway surgery, we can report that our girl is okay and resting.
Sadly, because of her diagnosis, Jeannie and partner Brandon Armstrong were forced to leave “Dancing with the Stars” after performing seven amazing dances.
"My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery," she told "Good Morning America" on Monday. "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," she added.
In a statement obtained by People, Jeannie thanked her dancer partner “for being so supportive.”
“I also want to thank MAI fans who voted every week,” she added, “and I wish everyone else in the competition the best of luck!"
In his own statement obtained by “GMA,” Brandon said, "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 continued, “Thank you to all the fans that have helped get us this far and we are praying for a speedy recovery from Jeannie."
Monday morning, “DWTS” confirmed the news and wished Jeannie “a full and speedy recovery.”
The dancing competition show also said that because Jeannie and Brandon were forced to withdraw, only one team will be eliminated on Monday’s episode.
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 #DWTS (@DancingABC) November 2, 2020
After Jeannie’s health news broke, her “The Real” co-hosts sent her well-wishes on social media.
Since appearing on “DWTS,” Jeannie and Brandon have won America over with their chemistry and their outstanding choreography.
From dancing the salsa to the Viennese waltz, the two survived six elimination rounds and overall finished ninth.
Sending love and positive energy to Jeannie during this difficult time. Get better, girl!