So You Think You Can Dance: Matthew Morrison Challenges Firing Report

Following the news that FOX's So You Think You Can Dance judge Matthew Morrison (Glee, AHS 1984) had departed the dance competition series over a failure to (as he wrote in a statement, see below) "follow competition production protocols, " PEOPLE reported from sources close to the FOX series that Morrison was fired "after he had an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant" via "flirty direct messages on social media." The article described the female contestant as feeling "uncomfortable with his line of comments," with her reporting the matter to producers. From there, an internal investigation by FOX resulted in Morrison's firing- at least that's how it was reported. But now, Morrison is pushing back via Instagram, sharing a video where he reads what he claims was the only message he sent via DM to the female contestant and offering his reasoning for it. From there, the Glee star calls out the report for relying on anonymous sources to attack his reputation.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: L-R: Judges Stephen "tWitch" Boss, JoJo Siwa and Matthew Morrison at the Los Angeles auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, May 18 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Mike Yarish/FOX

Here's a look at Morrison's post offering his side of the controversy:

Hosted by Cat Deely, Morrison was expected to join Stephen "tWitch" Boss and JoJo Siwa at the judges' table (with a news judge expected by June 15th for the next round of competition). "Having the opportunity to be a judge on 'So You Think You Can Dance' was an incredible honor for me. Therefore, it is my deepest regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show. After filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly," Morrison said in a statement to EW when the news first broke, though no other details were released at the time. "I cannot apologize enough to all involved, and I will be watching alongside you all on what I know will be one of the best seasons yet."

The 17th season of the hit dance competition series SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE features highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 showcasing their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. Those who are selected to move on to the SYTYCD studio will work with world-renowned choreographers and compete each week in a variety of styles, with brand-new twists and turns introduced into the competition. Hosted by Cat Deeley, this season will introduce a new dynamic judging panel – welcoming home Stephen "tWitch" Boss, alongside Emmy-, Tony- and Golden Globe-nominated artist Matthew Morrison and dancer, singer and digital sensation JoJo Siwa.

FOX's So You Think You Can Dance is from Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment and MRC. The series is executive-produced by co-creator Nigel Lythgoe, Jeff Thacker, Rosie Seitchik, Eli Holzman, and Aaron Saidman on behalf of 19 Entertainment, with Seitchik also serving as showrunner. Over the course of its 16 seasons, the dance competition series has earned 71 Emmy Award nominations and garnered 17 Emmy Award wins, including Outstanding Choreography and Outstanding Costumes, as well as awards in Outstanding Lighting Design.

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Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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