The timeline of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship

The Ellen DeGeneres Show’s beloved DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss died by suicide on Wednesday at the age of 40, The Post has confirmed.

The So You Think You Can Dance contestant and Magic Mike XXL actor died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, TMZ reported.

While he started out as a contestant on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project in 2003 and became a household name with 2008’s So You Think You Can Dance, the TV personality is best known for the time he spent with Degeneres. 64

Boss began DJing on the DeGeneres daytime series of the same name in 2014 and was eventually promoted to executive producer in 2020. He stayed with her until the show’s competitive finale in 2022.

Ellen opened up about her friend’s death on Wednesday afternoon.

“I’m heartbroken,” DeGeneres, 64, said in a statement obtained by The Post.

“tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family and I loved him with all my heart,” added his longtime TV boss. “I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox and Zaia.”

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Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen “tWitch” Boss on “Ellen’s Game of Games”.
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Here’s a look back at Boss’s friendship with DeGeneres.

Ellen joins Boss in the season finale of So You Think You Can Dance

At the 2010 season seven finale of “SYTYCD,” DeGeneres surprised audiences by appearing alongside Boss on Lil Jon and LMFAO’s “Outta Your Mind.”

Boss performed the routine with ballet dancer Alex Wong earlier in the season, and DeGeneres returned to repeat the dance in the finale as a tribute to Wong.

Boss was runner-up in the 2008 fourth-season competition show. He appeared as an All-Star in seasons 7-9.

Boss joins The Ellen DeGenerous Show

Boss appeared as a recurring guest DJ on “Ellen” in 2014, acting as DeGeneres’ sidekick several times a week. He even co-hosted DeGeneres for just one day.

He landed a permanent spot on the daytime series later that year.

Ellen surprises Boss with a billboard of herself

In 2018, DeGeneres surprised Boss with his own billboard.

“You’re my DJ, so I realized all these other DJs have huge billboards all over town, everywhere, and you don’t,” DeGeneres said on her talk show at the time. “And they’re all the same – they’re angry, angry people from humble backgrounds.

“You deserve a billboard, even though I can’t afford it,” she told him. “So I dropped you off at a bus stop in Olive [Avenue in LA].”

After DeGeneres showed a picture of the bus stop — showing the DJ’s face on a shirtless body — Boss laughed so hard he couldn’t speak.

Boss to Co-Executive Produce Ellen

After six years as a DJ on the show, DeGeneres named Boss as co-executive producer in 2020 alongside longtime showrunners Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner and Derek Westervelt.

That same summer, Boss was promoted, the show was rid of three producers – Ed Glavin, Kevin Leman and Jonathan Norman.

Boss breaks the silence on the Ellen controversy

Boss defended his boss amid widespread toxicity allegations on the talk show, claiming there had been a lot of “love” behind the scenes.

“We can’t legally talk too much about it, but I’ll say this, there was love,” the then 37-year-old dancer told Us Weekly in 2020. “Of course there are some things to address, but from my point of view and countless others, there was love. I’ll just leave it at that until there comes a time when we can speak more publicly. There was love and there will always be love.”

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Boss appeared as a recurring guest DJ on “Ellen” in 2014.
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Ellen surprises Boss for his birthday

In September 2021, DeGeneres celebrated Boss’ birthday with a special surprise on the show.

She started by wishing him a happy birthday and showing a montage of some of her best moments – with plenty of videos of him on the show dancing, getting waxed, entertaining guests and holding a line.

“I’m so grateful to be able to look at your face every day. I love you so much Twitch and I couldn’t do the show without you,” DeGeneres said in the video.

Then she surprised him with a birthday cake that his wife and children had brought him.

Ellen pays special tribute to Boss at the end of the show

Back in May, DeGeneres was scheduled to do a montage of the best celebrity moments on her show — but she chose to honor Boss instead.

“Over a decade ago I met someone who changed my life and our show,” she said, making the DJ cry. “You always make me smile and laugh and we put together a little something just to say how much we all love you here.”

DeGeneres then showed a video honoring Boss, which began with her in tears, saying, “I don’t want to say goodbye.”

Boss shares lessons from Ellen and comments on the final season

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight in August 2021, Boss shared that he feels “happy” and would “love to party” as the final season of “Ellen” arrives.

“Looking back on all the years of kindness and giving back and changing lives and dancing and all that encapsulated – obviously there will be tears for sure, there will be tears of joy, but we’re going to celebrate and I’m really excited about it,” he said back then.

When asked what he’s learned from working with DeGeneres over the years, he said he has the same answer every time he asks that question.

“No matter your size, you still have to pay attention to what’s going on at your work,” he shared. The timeline of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and Ellen DeGeneres’ friendship

Emma Bowman

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