May 19, 2022

Tyra Banks, the host of Dancing With the Stars, is under fire after being accused of “embarrassing” Suni Lee on live television following her performance. Suni and her partner Sasha Farber chose to dance the Paso Doble to Queen’s legendary song We Will Rock You for their DWTS performance.

Suni instantly exited the stage following the performance, prompting the former America’s Next Top Model host to explain the situation.

Tyra announced to the audience that Suni was “vomiting” as the Olympic gymnast fled offstage shortly after dancing.

“Suni is not feeling so good. Not covid! Not covid at all! But she’s not feeling well, so she danced sick, and she had to leave. But she’s okay!” She said.

The judges awarded the 18-year-old three eights and a nine, commending her for performing despite the circumstances. Suni reappeared on stage for the relay dances, but Tyra’s attention was once again drawn to the embarrassing moment.

Tyra told the athlete: “Suni, I got to ask you. I know you’ve been struggling all day, and, like, dude is like, you’re throwing up. This is live TV, and you ran off!”

Suni replied, “… It’s very scary because it’s like, I’ve never done that before, so I was kind of embarrassed, and I knew that if I didn’t come out here, I’d be very disappointed in myself.”

Fans took to Twitter to show their disapproval of Tyra’s handling of the incident.

One person reacted: “Tyra should be fired for putting Suni on the spot. She should know better.”

While one person remarked: “You could see Suni was obviously very uncomfortable and didn’t want to talk about it, but Tyra wouldn’t let it go.”

Another fan reacted: “Let’s not forget using the word ‘throwing up’ how many times! How embarrassing for Suni. Tyra is an embarrassment to the show and herself.”

Suni stated earlier in the day that she wasn’t feeling very hot, as she tweeted: “Hey guys ! not feeling my best tonight, but I will still be dancing for queen night! Make sure you guys vote for me and Sash! Each week is getting scarier & intense !! love you all.”

The incident was not the first time Tyra has faced controversy for her DWTS hosting moments, as she has been chastised for stumbling over her words, asking uninteresting questions, and going off-script.