Matthew Morrison takes a stand against claims he sent ‘naughty’ text messages to a ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ contestant…reading the alleged message aloud and ending speculation it was inappropriate.
Morrison, who was recently released from the show for not following “contest production protocols” is clearly agitated in a video he posted to Instagram, captioned “Just to clarify..”
He opens it saying, “It’s unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly false statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide. So for the sake of transparency…I’m going to read you the only message I wrote to a dancer on the show.”
He then reads the message, which we verified was sent on April 25 at 12:34 a.m., and says, “Hey! It’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d like to have your number and talk to you about some things. …”
Morrison then explains that he wanted to connect with the contestant because they share a “mutual respect” for a choreographer, and that he wanted said choreographer to work on the show.
Our sources say it was the contestant who flagged the post to show producers it was potentially problematic.
Sources close to Morrison tell us he was unaware of the no-contact rule in his judge’s contract. We’re told he’s worked on dance shows in the UK where collaboration with contestants was encouraged…and didn’t think it was going to be a problem.
He ends his video with a message about gossip and how toxic it is to society before wishing all the contestants and his former fellow judges the best.