Ryan Lochte agree to perform on Dancing With The Stars in an attempt to rehab his image after his disastrous decision in Rio during the Olympics. Unfortunately during tonight’s premiere, his first dance was marred by protesters.
A group of at least six men were in the audience and during Ryan’s time with the judges the men began to stand up and jeer the Olympic gold medalist and his dance partner. As Bruno Tonioli, the first judge to comment, was finishing up his notes on Ryan’s dance you could hear rumblings in the audience. The editors of the live show quickly took the cameras off Ryan and Tom Bergeron and went to a split screen that showed a replay of his dance while Carrie Ann Inaba tried to carry on with her review.
In the audience the six men took off their shirts to reveal white undershirts with the word LOCHTE covered by the international symbol of a circle and a slash on top.
Carrie Ann attempted to continue with her comments while yelling excuse me and attempting to wave people of the stage. Out of sight of the camera, two of the men rushed the stage but were tackled before they could reach their target.
Tom Bergeron cut to commercial but returned very quickly to a shaken group of judges, as well as Lochte and his dance partner.
You can see the dance and the interaction in the video below followed by his scores.
The two protesters who stormed the stage were arrested .
Considering how strongly we felt about his behavior in these comments, what do you think of the actions of the protesters?
Just ignore the Lion etc in the room It was the only video of the full dance available at the time.