Cheslie Kryst’s Extra co-star Billy Bush says she ‘danced between takes’

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Billy Bush worked with Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst at Extra when she served as a red carpet correspondent.

And on Monday the TV personality gave a tribute to the beauty on social media after she jumped to her death last week at age 30.  

‘The @extratv family grieves with the family @chesliekryst. She was positive, hardworking, fun and of course beautiful,’ began Bush’s thoughtful note as he shared a smiling photo of her on the carpet.

Sad loss: Billy Bush worked with Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst at Extra when she served as a red carpet correspondent. She died last week

His thoughts: And on Monday the TV personality gave a tribute to the beauty on social media after she jumped to her death last week at age 30

His thoughts: And on Monday the TV personality gave a tribute to the beauty on social media after she jumped to her death last week at age 30

He added, ‘Always dancing in between takes. This is a complete shock to all. We are left with great sadness because the best was definitely yet to come for this special person. #RIP Chez.’  

Extra shared their own note. 

A statement read: ‘Our hearts are broken. Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff.

Heartbreaking: 'The @extratv family grieves with the family @chesliekryst. She was positive, hardworking, fun and of course beautiful,' began Bush's thoughtful note as he shared a smiling photo of her on the carpet

Heartbreaking: ‘The @extratv family grieves with the family @chesliekryst. She was positive, hardworking, fun and of course beautiful,’ began Bush’s thoughtful note as he shared a smiling photo of her on the carpet

His note from the heart: He said he was left in 'great sadness' over her passing

His note from the heart: He said he was left in ‘great sadness’ over her passing

‘Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.’

The 30-year-old lawyer’s family have confirmed she passed away over the weekend, though they did not confirm reports she took her own life after jumping from the 60-storey apartment building in New York where she lived on the ninth floor.

Her family said in a statement on Sunday: ‘In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie.

‘Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined.

Tough end: The 30-year-old lawyer's family have confirmed she passed away over the weekend, though they did not confirm reports she took her own life after jumping from the 60-storey apartment building in New York where she lived on the ninth floor; seen with Taylor Swift

Tough end: The 30-year-old lawyer’s family have confirmed she passed away over the weekend, though they did not confirm reports she took her own life after jumping from the 60-storey apartment building in New York where she lived on the ninth floor; seen with Taylor Swift

Too much to take: Her family said in a statement on Sunday: 'In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie

Too much to take: Her family said in a statement on Sunday: ‘In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie

‘Cheslie embodied love and served others, whether through her work as an attorney fighting for social justice, as Miss USA and as a host on Extra. 

‘But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor and colleague – we know her impact will live on.’ 

Cheslie – who was crowned Miss USA as Miss North Carolina – along with Nia Imani Franklin, Kaliegh Garris, and Zozibini Tunzi – who were Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe respectively – became the first group of Black women to hold the titles in a single year.

Accomplished: Cheslie - who was crowned Miss USA as Miss North Carolina - along with Nia Imani Franklin, Kaliegh Garris, and Zozibini Tunzi - who were Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe respectively - became the first group of Black women to hold the titles in a single year. Seen in 2021

Accomplished: Cheslie – who was crowned Miss USA as Miss North Carolina – along with Nia Imani Franklin, Kaliegh Garris, and Zozibini Tunzi – who were Miss America, Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe respectively – became the first group of Black women to hold the titles in a single year. Seen in 2021

The attorney previously spoke of her pride in the group ‘breaking barriers’ but admitted she was disappointed that some didn’t see the significance of their collective success.

She said at the time: ‘People will comment on our social media and be like, “Why are we talking about your race? You guys are just four, amazing women.” 

‘And I’m like, “Yes, we are four amazing women, but there was a time when we literally could not win!”‘

Her last photo: She was seen in full makeup before she jumped to her death

Her last photo: She was seen in full makeup before she jumped to her death

Kryst told of her fear that she was ‘running out of time to matter’ in a haunting essay last March, 10 months before leaping to her death from her Manhattan apartment building. 

In March last year, Kryst wrote about being trolled online and how winning Miss USA at the age of 28 made her a target for ageist bullies. 

She was the oldest person to have won the pageant, and she also strayed from the norm with her passion for social justice – she was a trained lawyer and Black Lives Matter advocate.

In recent TikTok videos, Kryst revealed that she no longer wanted to practice law because she had become sick of what she called constant microaggressions and a lack of diversity. In a video six days ago, she explained to a fan that she struggled to meet billable hours requirements, and that it felt like ‘trading in hours of my life in order to get paid.’

The legal world was tough to navigate: In recent TikTok videos, Kryst revealed that she no longer wanted to practice law because she had become sick of what she called constant microaggressions and a lack of diversity; seen with her mother

The legal world was tough to navigate: In recent TikTok videos, Kryst revealed that she no longer wanted to practice law because she had become sick of what she called constant microaggressions and a lack of diversity; seen with her mother

Writing ahead of her 30th birthday for Allure magazine, she said hauntingly: ‘Each time I say “I’m turning 30,” I cringe a little. Sometimes I can successfully mask this uncomfortable response with excitement; other times, my enthusiasm feels hollow, like bad acting…turning 30 feels like a cold reminder that I’m running out of time to matter in society’s eyes — and it’s infuriating.’

She told how after she won the pageant in 2019, some petitioned for the age limit to be lowered because they thought she was too old and how she was trolled on social media for her athletic body, having to delete ‘vomit emojis’ beneath some of her photos on Instagram.

Kryst was one of six siblings. She recently traveled home to South Carolina to spend the holidays with her mother, a former beauty queen, and brothers and sisters.

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