Matthew Morrison has denied allegations of “flirty” messages to a So you think you can dance †SYTYCD) contestant, resulting in his termination as a judge on the show.
In a post on his Instagram account, Morrison, 43, addressed a story originally from People magazine, where a “source close to the Fox reality show” said the former cheerfulness star was fired from the production “after having an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant.”
“It’s a real shame that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly untrue statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” Morrison said in the video.
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“So, in the interest of transparency, I’ll read you the only message I wrote to a dancer on the show,” he said.
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The alleged message was then read by Morrison: “Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d like to have your number and tell you some things.’
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Morrison claimed he sent the message to the contestant because they “both share a mutual respect” for a choreographer he’s known for over 20 years.
“I was trying to help her get a job as a choreographer on the show,” he said.
“It’s devastating that we live in this world where there is gossip and people’s lives are thrown around like clickbait,” he added. “I think this is much bigger than me and this story. Gossip is poisonous and it destroys our society, and we need to do better.”
Morrison joined the SYTYCD jury in April. On May 27, Morrison announced that he would no longer be a judge on the show, citing his failure to adhere to “production protocols”.
A replacement judge for Morrison has yet to be announced, although he is expected to appear in episodes filmed as far back as June 15.
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