Protesters Storm Dancing With The Stars Following Ryan Lochte Performance

Protesters Storm Dancing With The Stars Following Ryan Lochte Performance

Protesters attempted to storm the Dancing With the Stars set while the judges attempted to grade Ryan Lochte's performance tonight.

Men wearing white t-shirts with anti-Lochte slogans rushed the stage while Carrie Ann Inaba was speaking, according to an eyewitness report to E! News. Security prevented them from doing anything, and a crowd of other people wearing similar T-shirts was removed. One of the men reportedly threw an object at Lochte. Maybe they wanted to give him a hug? We'll never know.

Host Tom Bergeron threw the show to commercial and the protesters were never shown on-screen.

"I'm doing good," Lochte said upon return from commercial break. "So many feelings are going through my head right now. A little hurt. I came out here and I wanted to do something I was completely uncomfortable with, and I did."

Lochte and partner Cheryl Burke were "too shaken" to speak with the press, according to their publicist.

“Ryan was backstage and close to tears,” Jana Kramer, a country music artist and dance contestant, told People. “Everyone makes mistakes and I really hope America gets to see the guy we are all getting to know, which is a really, really nice guy.”

Watch video of the incident below.

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