‘Ellen’ producer warned collaborator Stephen ‘tWitch’ boss not to ‘stay in pain’ in creepy video

A creepy video has surfaced of a former executive producer of ‘The Ellen DeGeneres Show’ standing in front of DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss – who was found Tuesday after his suicide death – and telling the show’s crew, ‘Don’t stay in the pain ‘ as the talk show ended last spring.

“Keep each other close, don’t stay in pain, talk to someone — anyone,” according to then-EP Andy Lassner, as he urged the assembled workers in the haunting clip shared Wednesday by Johanna Fuentes, a former senior communications executive Instagram, posted by Warner Bros.

The short video shows Lassner in front of Boss and his showrunner, Mary Connelly, speaking to the cast and crew after taping the final episode, which aired in May.

The 40-year-old boss was found Tuesday by a maid at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California, after missing his checkout. Hotel employees told TMZ that Boss “did not appear to be in any kind of distress and was not visibly upset about anything.”

An autopsy conducted by the Los Angeles Medical Examiner found Boss – who checked into the hotel less than a mile from his home on Monday – died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

In the resurfaced video, Lassner alluded to the heavy toll the end of the long-running show could take on his peers.

“It’s a life change and we’re all going through it,” Lassner told workers in the now foreboding clip, which was filmed during the star-studded, “emotional” finale of the controversial series.

For years, DeGeneres’ talk show was plagued by allegations of a “toxic” work environment, and the host faced a series of negative workplace allegations, for which she subsequently apologized.

“It’s okay to be sad and reach out to each other because nobody but the people who work here knows exactly that experience,” Lassner continued in the clip, adding that the group “got through it together” and ” should be proud”. of work produced during the show’s 19-year run.

In her caption for the video, Fuentes said she was “devastated” by Boss’s death and called him “an immense talent that brought joy to every room he walked in.”

She also echoed Lassner’s words: “As Andy said best when the show ended — let’s stay close. Don’t keep the pain, talk to someone. Everyone.”

Boss’s wife Allison Holker, 34, confirmed her husband’s death on Wednesday in a heartfelt statement obtained by The Post.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to report that my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker said. “Stephen lit up every room he walked into. He valued family, friends and community above all and guidance with love and light was everything to him. He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father and an inspiration to his fans.”

When Boss went missing, Holker reportedly frantically ran into an LAPD station and said her husband left home without his car, which she claimed was different from his, according to law enforcement sources. Police were later called about a shooting at the LA hotel, where Boss was discovered with a gunshot wound.

Ellen DeGeneres, Stephen "pull out" boss
Ellen DeGeneres is joined by Stephen “tWitch” Boss in an episode of Ellen’s Game of Games.
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DeGeneres also expressed that she is “heartbroken” over the loss of her longtime boyfriend, whom she has supported since he competed in the So You Think You Can Dance reality competition.

“tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family and I loved him with all my heart,” said DeGeneres, who hired him to DJ for her show in 2014. He was promoted to executive producer in 2020 and stayed on until the contested finale aired last spring.

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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