Derek Hough Stood Up To Lochte Protesters on 'DWTS'


There has been a lot of controversy surrounding six-time Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte lately, but few would assume that drama would translate over to normally family-friendly reality TV.

Yet, that is exactly what it did.

On Monday evening, two protesters ran to the ballroom floor on the 23rd season premiere and dancer Derek Hough made a move to defend his "home."

Two men ran in front of the host of the show, Tom Bergeron, to yell at the camera while they wore shirts that sported Lochte's name with a red circle around it and a line through it.

Shortly after Lochte and Cheryl Burke performed a foxtrot, the two male protesters ran to the floor. The older man yelled and approached one of the cameras and was tackled by security.

Hough took to the stage and told security to "get them out of here."

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Hough told People,

They quickly tried to cut to commercial break, but both Lochte and Burke were affected by the moment in a behind-the-scenes cut. To show support, the audience chanted Lochte's name after the incident.

Jana Kramer, another contestant, said,

This comes after Lochte's controversial time in Rio, where the swimmer had fabricated a story about being robbed at a gas station.