ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" - Season 29 - Week Two

Jeannie Mai’s journey to winning the mirror ball with dance partner Brandon Armstrong has come to an end. “The Real Daytime” talk show host was hospitalized after being diagnosed with epiglottitis, a potential life threatening inflammatory condition that can cause swelling and block airflow to the lungs, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Mai confirmed the news to GMA that she has to leave “DWTS” because of the diagnosis.

“My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery,” she told “Good Morning America” in an exclusive 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,” she added.

Mai, who has received numerous support from her fans and “The Real” cohosts, almost faced elimination a week before taking to Instagram to express her gratitude.

“Whoa. It was surreal to almost be eliminated.”



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But I am incredibly thankful for every single person who has been supporting @BrandonArmstrong and I thus far. I greatly appreciate all the judges’ critiques, and God..that was such a tough decision for them last night ? @monicaaldama – hands down you are one of my FAVORITES to watch. I not only learned so much from observing your perfect poise every week, but I also gained a valuable friendship from here on with you. You and @valentin are dynamic!!! I can’t wait to drag you all around Houston to my favorite Asian spots? And to all the judges – trust I’ll secure your votes next week!! Is it considered bribery if I send @Ediblearrangements? ????? #DWTS #TeamDreamofJeannie

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Cohosts, Loni Love, and Garcelle Beauvais also shared their well wishes on Instagram.

We wish Jeannie Mai good health.

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