The Real Jeannie Mai leaves “Dancing With the Stars” after being hospitalized for a throat condition that affects the lungs. 

“Dancing with the Stars” announced on Monday that contestant Jeannie Mai will not be able to continue to compete on the show. Mai, a host on the daytime talk show “The Real,” will not return for the 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.” 

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.”  

Now the talk show host posted on instagram last evening  “I made it safely out of my emergency surgery. What simply started as a sore throat had unbeknownst to me become a dangerous infection that already closed at least 60% of my airway and resulted in a throat abscess that spread in a matter of 3 days. Am grateful to be recovering safely.”