Matthew Morrison attacks ‘manifestly untrue’ allegations after ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ exit
Matthew Morrison has denied allegations of inappropriate behavior So you think you can dance set to.
After the 43-year-old actor announced his departure from the dance show last week, a source who claimed to be close to the show claimed that Morrison was “fired” from the series because of “an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant.”
“They didn’t have sex, but he reached out to her through flirty direct messages on social media,” the source said persons.
“She felt uncomfortable with his comments and went to the producers, who then called Fox. He was fired after they conducted their own investigation.”
The source said Morrison and the unidentified female contestant “never met off set.”
“It was just news that crossed the line,” they claimed.
On Friday (June 3), Morrison vehemently denied allegations of inappropriate behavior while working on the show.
“It is really unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against patently untrue statements that have been made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” he said in a video posted to Instagram.
“So, in the interest of transparency, I’m going to read you the one message I wrote to a dancer on the show.”
He then read the alleged message: “Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d like to get your number and explain a few things to you.”
“The end,” he said after reading the message. “I sent this because this dancer and I both share a mutual respect for a choreographer I’ve known for over 20 years and I was trying to help her get a choreographer job on the show.
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“It’s devastating that we live in this world where gossip rules and lives are thrown around as clickbait. I think that’s a lot bigger than me and this story. Gossip is toxic and destroys our society and we need to do better.”
In last week’s statement, Morrison announced: “To have the opportunity to be a judge So you think you can dance was an incredible honor for me. Therefore, it is my deepest regret to announce that I will be leaving the show.
“After filming the auditions for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow the competition’s production protocols, which prevented me from judging the competition fairly.”
Morrison did not elaborate on what the “production protocols” in question were.
The Independent reached out to a Fox representative for comment.
Morrison was part of a new judging panel for season 17 of the hit dance competition, appearing alongside Jojo Siwa, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and returning host Cat Deeley.
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