Matthew Morrison denied allegations of inappropriate behavior on the set of So You Think You Can Dance.
After the 43-year-old actor announced his departure from the dance show last week, a source claiming to be close to the show claimed Morrison was “fired” from the show for “an inappropriate relationship with a contestant”.
“They didn’t have sex, but he did reach out to her through flirtatious direct messages on social media,” the source told The Associated Press. People.
“She felt uncomfortable with his comments and went to the producers, who then got Fox involved. They fired him after doing their own investigation.”
The source said Morrison and the unidentified female contestant “never met off set.”
“They were just messages that crossed the line,” they said.
On Friday, June 3, Morrison vehemently denied allegations of inappropriate behavior while working on the show.
“It is very unfortunate to have to sit here and defend myself and my family from blatantly false statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” he said in a video posted on Instagram.
“So, for the sake of transparency, I will read you the only message I ever wrote to a female dancer on the show.”
He then read the alleged message: “Hello, this is Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d love to have your number and explain a few things to you.”
“The end,” he said after reading the message. “I submitted this because this dancer and I share a mutual respect for a choreographer I have known for over 20 years, and was trying to help her get a job as a choreographer on the show.”
“It is devastating that we live in this world where gossip rules and people’s lives are used as click bait. I think this is much bigger than me and this story. Gossip is toxic and destroys our society, and we need to do better.”
In last week’s statement, Morisson announced: “Having the opportunity to judge ‘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 the production protocols for the competition, which prevented me from being able to judge the competition fairly.”
Morrison did not elaborate on what those “production protocols” were.
The Independent has reached out to a Fox representative for comment.
Morrison had been part of a new judging panel for season 17 of the hit dance competition, alongside Jojo Siwa, Stephen “tWitch” Boss and host Cat Deeley.