Ellen DeGeneres And Many Others Pay Tribute To Stephen 'tWitch' Boss Following News Of His Death

Following the news of Stephen 'tWitch' Boss’ death, many celebrities and friends of his have posted heartfelt tributes to the beloved So You Think You Can Dance dancer-turned-judge and Ellen DeGeneres Show DJ. The list of people paying tribute to the dancer is long, and includes his longtime pal and colleague Ellen DeGeneres.

The talk show host posted a loving message and photo of the two sharing a hug backstage at The Ellen Show not long after the news of tWitch's death was announced. She wrote that he was “pure love and light” and sent her love and support to the dancer’s family. 

tWitch became the DJ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014, and in 2020 he became a co-executive producer. During the final episodes of the daytime talk show, Ellen paid tribute to her longtime DJ, and friend. tWitch also shared his adoration for the show, reflecting on the final episodes and how much he loved working with DeGeneres. Now, she’s showing her love and support for him following his untimely death. 

Along with DeGeneres, her long-time producer Andy Lassner also posted about tWitch, writing: 

tWitch’s fellow So You Think You Can Dance judges also posted messages to the dancer. He worked with Jojo Siwa and Leah Remini on Season 17 of the dance competition, which aired on the 2022 TV schedule

The youngest SYTYCD judge Jojo Siwa, posted on Instagram about how much she loves her fellow judge, calling him one of her "best friends." You can read the full post here: 

My heart is beyond broken.💔😭 twitch was a best friend and a mentor not just to me but to SO many. I’ll never forget our time getting to work together on SYTYCD, he became such a light in my life. Someone I’ve looked up to since I was born turned one of my best friends. Twitch always had the best advice. We had SO many laughs, smiles, and even cries together. I know you’re in a better place now but man we are all gonna miss the hell outta you. Sending my most love and prayers to His beautiful wife and 3 perfect kids. ❤️ thank you for sharing your gift with the world. I’m “so esssicted” to see you again one day (A inside joke between us that I will never let go of). Forever the worlds dance dad. Love you brother.🙏🏼 RIP the legendary Stephen Twitch Boss❤️

Along with Siwa, SYTYCD judge Leah Remini also posted in honor of her friend and colleague, noting that he was “always so kind to me and everyone.” 

The love between judges is real, as tWtich and Siwa praised Remini following fans being skeptical of her dance experience, and both women posted fun videos of them with tWitch as part of their tributes. 

This news about tWitch's death was unexpected, and reports say he died by suicide. Many who posted tributes to him acknowledged this, and added the suicide hotline to their posts (like Remini did). Other posts also urged people to “take time out for yourselves” as The Roots drummer Questlove said:

Community cast member Yvette Nicole Brown also posted about her love for tWitch, and provided the suicide hotline if people “are feeling despair.” 

Kerry Washington also showed her love for the dancer, posting a tribute to him  on Twitter

The love for tWitch is real, as celebrities who never met him are also posting their condolences and adoration for the Ellen Show DJ, like Jason Alexander, who wrote on Twitter

tWitch was beloved by many, and will be dearly missed. 

We here at CinemaBlend send our condolences to his family and friends during this sad time. 

Riley Utley
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