Matthew Morrison Fired From ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ For Sending Contestant ‘Flirty’ Messages
Matthew Morrison has been fired from the judging panel before he could even complete his first season of the Fox reality competition series So You Think You Can Dance. Morrison reportedly contacted a contestant with flirty direct messages.
The contestant was reportedly uncomfortable with his comments and told producers. Morrison and the contestant never met up outside of filming or had a relationship beyond the texting, but after an internal investigation it was determined that the messages “crossed the line” and he was subsequently fired.
The Broadway and Glee star acknowledged his firing in a public statement where he said “it is my deepest regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show.” He claimed the incident took place “after filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists.”
Morrison referred to his actions only indirectly by saying he “did not follow production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly.”
Morrison is likely due for an awkward conversation with his wife, Renee Puente. Their second child was born last June, so at least Morrison will have a lot more free time coming up to spend with family and plan a stellar first birthday party!
He will still appear in several pre-taped episodes of the show alongside non-fired new judges JoJo Siwa, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss until mid-June when his replacement will be announced.
So You Think You Can Dance is airing its 17th season. New episodes air on Fox every Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST.