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'DWTS' Host Erin Andrews Defends Her Reaction After Hannah Brown Won

By Jeff Mazzeo

Hannah Brown and her partner, Alan Bersten, won season 28 of ABC's "Dancing With The Stars" and went home with the Mirrorball Trophy but host Erin Andrews found out that when it comes to battling the Twitter trolls, you just cannot win.

Andrews took to social media after Alabama Hannah was crowned the winner to defend her reaction to the former "Bachelorette's" victory. Many fans thought that she appeared less than thrilled for the victors and some even called her reaction unprofessional.

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After the big reveal the trolls twitter fingers began sending their thoughts Erin's way and she was not having it.

One "Dancing With The Stars" fan wrote, "Oooooo @ErinAndrews looked less than impressed with the outcome of #DWTS."

Andrews hit back at the fan and said that the show is supposed to be fun.

"Give me a break. YOU CAN’T WIN IN THIS SITUATION. I’m standing next to the couple that just got second place. And if I had cheered, you’d be killing me for going against the Kel, Lauren, and Ally. Not that serious people!"

"Ahahahah you don’t get it. In this day and age, we can’t say a thing. You’ll get killed no matter what. I have to look dead into the camera bc people are threatening you don’t like a contestant. Sad, taken the fun out of it! Cheers!"

The Bachelor Nation Fix Was In

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Hannah's win was surprising but she is a proud member of Bachelor Nation and that fan group has been known to move the needle when it comes to voting. The 25-year-old went directly to the dancing competition from her explosive time as the "Bachelorette."

Plus, she had extensive dance training in her youth when she was on the pageant circuit. Remember, she was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2018. She now has too many crowns for her pretty little head.

She barely beat her "Dancing With The Stars" co-competitor, Kel Mitchell and his partner, Witney Carson.

Hannah told Entertainment Tonight that she though host Tom Bergeron was calling her name as the runner up.

"I'm in complete shock. When they said our names, I thought it was for the runner-ups, so I don't think I even know how to process how I feel right now," she said to ET. "But I'm super thankful for the experience. Even the hard times, the fans just stuck it out with us. I cried a bit earlier today, but I just felt a sense of peace come over me because I knew that I gave it my all ... I'll probably cry later when it actually sinks in."

Kel Is Going Home A Winner


Kel could not have been a better sport and said that he had a lot of fun and it is "all good" despite not walking away with the Mirrorball trophy.

"Hey, it's still a win!" he told ET. "It's all good. We had a blast, it was super fun and it was an awesome journey. No sad faces, we're good!"

"Of course I wanted to win," he continued. "I wanted to win, I wanted us to get that win, but it's OK. I feel like it's a win for us."

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