Matthew Morrison Opens Up About His Firing From ‘SYTYCD’ – Deadline

Matthew Morrison Opens Up About His Firing From ‘SYTYCD’ – Deadline

A story that insinuated that Matthew Morrison had been fired as a reality TV competition judge So you think you can dance because harassing a contestant distorts the truth, the star said today in an Instagram post.

People magazine, citing “a source” close to the reality show, reported earlier this week that Morrison was released due to harassing messages to a contestant. She reportedly approached producers, who implicated Fox, who later fired Morrison after an investigation.

Today Morrison responded to the allegations.

“It’s such a shame that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly false statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” he began in a video posted on Instagram on Thursday. “So in the interests of transparency, I’m going to read you the only message I wrote to a dancer on the show.”

“To have the possibility of being a judge on So you think you can dance was an incredible honor for me. Therefore, I deeply regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show,” Morrison said in a statement provided to Deadline. “After filming the show’s auditions and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow the production protocols of the competition, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly. I can’t apologize enough to everyone involved and will be watching alongside you all for what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.

Sources tell Deadline that a new judge, who will join Siwa and Stephen “tWitch” Boss on the panel, will soon be announced for the next set of competition episodes which begin June 15. Morrison appears in a total of four episodes which have been pre-recorded.

Cat Deeley is host to the long-running series featuring talented dancers aged 18-30, showcasing their talents in various dance styles including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom , animation and breaking.

The series is produced by 19 Entertainment and Industrial Media’s MRC. Rosie Seitchik serves as showrunner and will executive produce alongside co-creator Lythgoe, Jeff Thacker, Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman.

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