Protesters interrupt Ryan Lochte's debut on 'Dancing with the Stars'

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

LOS ANGELES (WPVI) -- Two men wearing Anti-Lochte t-shirts disrupted the live "Dancing with the Stars" premiere in California Monday night.

U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte had just finished his performance with pro-dancer Cheryl Burke and was receiving his critiques from the judges at the time of the incident.

Carrie Ann Inaba was speaking when the two men burst onto the stage.

They apparently stood between the performers and the camera.

Security appeared to be quick at containing the situation and tackled the two men to the ground.

Inaba asked the men to stop as the show stayed on a split screen of her and a replay of Lochte's performance.

ABC went to a roughly four-minute break while the situation was contained by security.

They came back live and said that there was an incident, but were not specific about what happened.

Fellow gold-medal Olympian, gymnast Laurie Hernandez's performance followed without incident.

After the incident, Lochte told ABC News that he was going to "brush it off, and keep going."

Former "DWTS" champion Alfonso Ribeiro and host of "America's Funniest Videos" said that he was in the front row and scared. He didn't know if it was a big attack or just focused on Lochte.

Fellow judge Julianne Hough said that she also didn't know if it was a big attack because of "the world we live in today" and it was frightening.

Four to five other women were also escorted out of the audience as part of the group chanting against Lochte.