Jeannie Mai Will Return for 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale

Talk show host also plans to return to “The Real” next week after operation for epiglottitis

Jeannie Mai will return for Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale after being forced to withdraw from the show in early November after being hospitalized and diagnosed with epiglottitis, her reps confirm to TheWrap exclusively.

“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,” Mai wrote in a statement at the time. She successfully underwent emergency surgery for her condition and has been resting at home for the last two weeks — including no talking.

On Thursday, Mai made a surprise appearance on her day job, the syndicated talk show “The Real.”

She shared messages with her co-hosts Loni Love, Adrienne Bailon and Garcelle Beauvais on handwritten signs, ala “Love Actually.”

“Jeannie, do you know when you’ll be back in your chair to join us again?” Beauvais asked.

“I’m allowed to return next week and I can’t wait!!” Mai wrote. “Been resting my voice and body so I am ready!!”

Mai and her pro partner Brandon Armstrong will appear on “DWTS” Monday night, when the mirror ball trophy will be award to one of these four couples: former “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe and pro Artem Chigvintsev, “One Day at A Time” star Justina Machado and pro Sasha Farber, Rapper Nelly and pro Daniella Karagach, and “Catfish” host Nev Schulman and pro Jenna Johson. There’s no word if she will participate in any dancing.

Check out Mai’s surprise appearance on “The Real” above.

“Dancing with the Stars” airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET.

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  • Mark Cuban 

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  • Julianne Hough/Derek Hough 

    “Dancing With the Stars'” most successful alums weren’t even stars before they were on the show. Brother-sister duo Derek and Julianne Hough entered the show as professional dancers, but have since branched out into their own acting careers. Julianne also took on the role of judge on the show beginning with Season 19.


  • Brooke Burke-Charvet 

    Brooke Burke-Charvet won the seventh season of ABC’s reality competition series in 2008 then parlayed that success into a nine-season run as co-host of the show.


  • Erin Andrews 

    Like Burke-Chavert before her, Andrews went from “DWTS” alum to co-host when she assumed the role for Season 18. Andrews also assumed several new roles as a sportscaster for Fox Sports.


  • Lisa Rinna 

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  • Jennie Garth 

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  • Candace Cameron Bure 

    “Full House” star took home the bronze in Season 18, then wrote a book about the experience, called “Dancing Through Life.” She also serves as a host on the ABC daytime talk show “The View” and will star in the Netflix sequel series “Fuller House.”


  • Melissa Joan Hart  

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  • Kellie Pickler 

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  • Alfonso Ribeiro 

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  • Bobby Bones 

    The country-music radio host won Season 27 in fall 2018 despite landing the second lowest scores in the final 4 with partner Sharna Burgess — and then parlayed that appearance into a full-time mentor role on ABC’s “American Idol” reboot. He even subbed in as host in April 2019 when Ryan Seacrest was too sick to tape the live show.

From Kim Kardashian to Alfonso Ribeiro, TheWrap takes a look at the celebrities who have gone on to bigger and better things

From Kim Kardashian to Alfonso Ribeiro, TheWrap takes a look at the celebrities who have gone on to bigger and better things.

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