Matthew Morrison absent as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judge

Matthew Morrison absent as ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judge

Matthew Morrison will no longer be a ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ judge after failing to follow ‘competition production protocols’. Variety confirmed.

The former “Glee” star announced her departure from the Fox dance competition show, which premiered May 18, in a statement Friday.

“Having the opportunity to be a judge on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ has been an incredible honor for me. Therefore, I deeply regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show. After filming the auditions for the show and completed the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow the competition’s production protocols, which prevented me from being able to judge the competition fairly,” Morrison said in the statement. “I can’t apologize enough to everyone involved and I’ll be watching with you all for what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.”

It’s unclear exactly what the “competition production protocols” were that led to Morrison’s exit. Since the show has already started airing its 17th season, Morrison will still appear in four episodes.

Morrison was announced as a judge on the show in April, along with JoJo Siwa, Twitch and returning host Cat Deeley. Morrison, Siwa and Twitch replaced panelists Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Laurieann Gibson for the new season.

“So You Think You Can Dance” comes from 19 Entertainment and MRC of Industrial Media, and is produced by co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, Jeff Thacker, Rosie Seitchik, and Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of 19 Entertainment.

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