Ellen DeGeneres Says tWitch Changed Her Life in Throwback Video

Remembering the great occasions. Ellen DeGeneres shared one other heartfelt tribute to her present’s late DJ, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, after his loss of life.

“Proper now what I need to do is keep in mind all of the love and laughter I had with tWitch. He introduced a lot pleasure to my life. I do know he introduced pleasure to yours too,” the comic, 64, captioned a video shared through Instagram on Thursday, December 15. “I’m going to be sharing a few of my favourite moments with him. If you wish to you too can share yours. #ILovetWitch.”

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The clip featured a number of moments from Boss’ tenure on The Ellen DeGeneres Present, which he joined in 2014 because the Discovering Dory star’s sidekick. When the long-running daytime present got here to an finish earlier this yr, DeGeneres gave the freestyle dancer an emotional sendoff.

“Over a decade in the past, I met somebody who modified my life and our present,” the Emmy winner stated within the snippet, which was included as a part of her Thursday tribute. “And I’m speaking about you, tWitch.”

The Ellen’s Recreation of Video games host advised Boss to take a seat close to her on stage as she continued to gush over his affect. They exchanged a hug, and the So You Assume You Can Dance alum was visibly overcome with emotion.

“I really like you a lot and it’s been an emotional week,” DeGeneres stated. “It’s only a coincidence that your mother is right here. … We put slightly one thing collectively simply to say how a lot all of us love you right here.”

Because the montage continued, a producer requested the Louisiana native what message she needed to ship to her longtime colleague earlier than their present’s finale, which aired in Could. “I don’t need to say goodbye,” DeGeneres replied, reflecting on the pair’s shared love of dance. “Every time he’s not right here, for no matter motive, it’s simply totally different. … He’s my pal.

Boss struggled to carry again tears as DeGeneres gifted him with a black-and-white picture taken backstage. “I really like you and likewise I really like the household that we’ve gained right here. And one thing I’ll all the time keep in mind is that you just gave me a spot to only be myself,” he advised her. “I got here right here to bop one time, to do a dance course for you. And now, I’ve gained a household. … It’s unforgettable occasions.”

Us Weekly confirmed on Wednesday, December 14, that the Step Up 3D actor died in Los Angeles at some point prior at age 40. In accordance with the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner, he died by suicide through a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the top.

“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I’ve to share my husband Stephen has left us. Stephen lit up each room he stepped into,” Boss’ spouse, Allison Holker, stated in a press release on Wednesday. “He valued household, pals and group above all else and main with love and light-weight was every thing to him. He was the spine of our household, the perfect husband and father, and an inspiration to his followers. … Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I’ll all the time save the final dance for you.”

The couple tied the knot in December 2013, celebrating their ninth wedding ceremony anniversary days earlier than Boss’ loss of life. They shared three youngsters: daughter Weslie, 14, son Maddox, 6, and daughter Zaia, 3. (Holker, 34, welcomed Weslie with a earlier associate, and Boss adopted her after the dancers obtained married.)

DeGeneres addressed the stunning loss through Instagram on Wednesday, sharing a photograph of herself hugging the Star Search alum. “I’m heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light-weight,” she wrote. “He was my household, and I liked him with all my coronary heart. I’ll miss him.”

In the event you or somebody you understand is in emotional misery or contemplating suicide, name the 988 Suicide & Disaster Lifeline at 988.