Erin Andrews is smiling again.
Nearly two weeks after she was awarded $55 million in her lawsuit against Nashville Marriott, the 37-year-old Dancing With the Stars co-host made her first public appearance on the set of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday. "This is kind of my come out of hiding, so thank you," she told the late-night host. "Why would I not want to be here?"
Kimmel certainly wanted to see her—and ask her a pressing question: "May I have a million dollars?" Andrews, who couldn't say much about the case due to appeals, joked, "I don't have any money. I have not signed a new contract with Dancing. Oh, but my Fox contract is up!"
Jokes aside, the accomplished sports newscaster used the moment as an opportunity to address the fans who have supported her throughout the entire legal ordeal.
"I want to thank everybody. There were so many people that actually reached out all over the world—[they] really were so supportive," she said.
Late February was a challenging time for the journalist, who forged ahead in a two-week trial filled with tearful testimony against her stalker, Michael David Barrett, and the Tennessee-based hotel, where her highly publicized peeping tom incident occurred. In 2008, the former truck driver requested the room next to Andrews' during her stay at the hotel—a request that was ultimately granted. Barrett filmed her through the peep hole of her room while undressing and later shared the footage online, accumulating 17 million views since its posting.