In a statement to CBS News on Tuesday, Mai said: “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.”
ABC, which broadcasts DWTS, reports that Mai was hospitalized after being diagnosed with epiglottis, which is “a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when the epiglottis — a small cartilage ‘lid’ that covers your windpipe — swells, blocking the flow of air into your lungs,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
Following the announcement, Mai received an outpouring of support on social media. Garcelle Beauvais, one of Mai’s co-hosts on “The Real,” posted an image of Mai on Instagarm writing, “We Love you! Feel better.”