Host Tom Bergeron Was "Shocked" by Lochte Incident on "DWTS"


Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by ABC News No Comments

ABCLOS ANGELES) — The season premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was interrupted by shouts of protesters, including two men who rushed the dance floor Monday night during the judges’ critique of beleaguered U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte.

Host Tom Bergeron spoke with Good Morning America Tuesday morning, and he explained what it was like on the dance floor. 

“It’s not uncommon for there to be a lot of…cheering, a lot of jeering when people don’t like the judges’ comments. It wasn’t really until I saw Carrie-Ann’s expression change, that I got the sense that something more was going on.”

“We have a very good security system here, we have metal detectors, bags are checked, et cetera,” said the host, who was praised by Good Morning America‘s George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and Michael Strahan for being cool under pressure.

“But I think our security guards did a great job in not assuming just because these people wanted to be vocally protesting that they didn’t want to get physical as well,” Bergeron added.
The LAPD confirms the suspects arrested are Sam Sododeh, 48, and Barzeen Soroudi, 40, both from Los Angeles. They were booked for trespassing during a recording — a misdemeanor. The four or five women in the audience who shouted at Lochte were escorted out — after pro dancer Derek Hough lept into action and shouted them down. “I love him for that,” Bergeron explained.
 
The audience members, like the show’s stars, were “shocked,” the host said, noting, “Honestly, by the time I saw the two guys coming with their t-shirts, our security team had them sucking floor — so it all happened very quickly.”

No one was harmed during the incident but many were shaken up by it.

Lochte said he was “hurt” by the incident, telling Bergeron, “So many feelings are going through my head right now.”

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