US Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s debut show on “Dancing with the Stars” was interrupted on Monday evening by two detractors when they to the venue when Lochte was receiving visitors to the programme.
“Two individuals stormed the dance floor tonight and were immediately subdued and escorted out of the building,” said a source from BBC Worldwide Productions, which has produced the show.
As per ABC News, the programme was interrupted by two men who entered the venue and raised slogans against Lochte. Though it was a live show, ABC didn’t show the break in by the two men.
During the incident, the cameras focused on the judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who shouted “Excuse me!” many times. She requested the intruders to go out of the stage.
By this time the programme went for a commercial break, though cameras showed a bewildered and excited Lochte and his partner Cheryl Burke.
Tom Bergeron, who was the host of “Dancing with the Stars”, told audience about what happened during the show, after the break.
“We had to go to break because we had a little incident,” Tom told audience. He thanked the security for saving the show, but refused to give more information.
He asked Lochte humorously how he is feeling now. “I’m a little hurt. So many feelings are going through my head right now,” Lotche said.
At the end of the show, Lochte told media that he is disappointed about the incident. “You know, at that moment, I was really heartbroken, My heart just sunk. It felt like somebody just ripped it apart.”
But he added that he “had to brush it off”.
The Olympian said that he was “completely shocked” and had to realize that “I came out here in front of millions. I did something that I did not know how to do — I don’t know how to dance.”
He added that he gave it all and ”I’m glad I did it and I’m glad I’m here”.