Renee Puente Defends Husband Matthew Morrison After ‘SYTYCD’ Firing

Don’t be afraid to take risks. Matthew Morrison’s wife, Renee PuenteAfter the actor was fired,, is speaking her mind. So You Think You Can Dance amid allegations of “inappropriate” behavior.

“It’s been a wild ride… My husband has finally been given an opportunity to speak his truth,” Puente, 37, captioned her Instagram repost of Morrison’s video on Thursday, June 2. “He has done so with such grace and integrity in a situation that is complex and incredibly complicated.”

She agreed with the Glee alum’s thoughts on the harmful nature of “gossip,” which he spoke about extensively in his own Instagram footage. “Gossip and cruelty are poison that have penetrated the depths of our society and somehow have made people forget their true nature- Love & compassion,” the Hawaii native continued, quoting Jay Shetty. “‘Negativity is a trait, not someone’s identity. Although clouds can obscure the true nature of a person, it is always there. And clouds can overcome any of us.’“

Puente implored her followers to “stop perpetuating hate and shame. Period. NO ONE DESERVES IT.” She concluded her post with another quote about the power of letting go.

“‘Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.’ ~Thich Nhat Hanh,” she shared. “We let go and go into freedom.To all those who have shined love and light in our lives through this… thank you 🙏🏽🌞 To all the rest- sending Love & Light.”

Us WeeklyOnly confirmed that Morrison abruptly left the judging panel in May 27 SYTYCDThis was less than one week into season 17. At the time, he shared in a statement that he “did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly.”

After the controversy was in the news, a source exclusively revealed that Use that the Broadway actor had been accused of sending “flirty” text messages to a contestant that were somewhat “sexual” in nature.

“The messages contained sexual innuendos and were flirty to the extent he was overstepping boundaries,” the insider told UseWednesday, June 1, 2007. “He didn’t have sex with the contestant, but she complained to producers about him because the messages made her feel uncomfortable and awkward and then they took it to HR.”


Matthew Morrison, Renee Morrison
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Morrison shared his story on Instagram the next day.

“It’s really unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly untrue statements made anonymously,” the Finding Neverland alum claimed. “I have nothing to hide, so in the interest of transparency, I will read to you the one message that I wrote to a dancer on the show: ‘Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, would love to get your number and talk you through some things.’ The end.”

He argued that he texted the contestant “because we both share a mutual respect for a choreographer” that he’s known for a long time, adding, “I was trying to help her get a job as a choreographer on the show.”

The YoungerAlums also spoke out about gossip in general.

“It’s devastating that we live in this world where gossip rules and people’s lives are being thrown around as clickbait. I think this is much bigger than me,” the actor asserted. “Gossip is toxic and is destroying our society, and we need to do better. I do not want this to diminish the show, as dance has always been a unified and healing medium. I genuinely wish all the contestants and my fellow judges all the best.”

Fox will investigate the matter further, a source said.UseWednesday A replacement judge will join the courtroom. JoJo SiwaAnd Stephen “tWitch” BossHowever, it has not yet been confirmed.

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