‘SYTYCD’ Replaces Fired Matthew Morrison With Leah Remini

Leah Remini.
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Don’t forget to put on your judging shoes! So You Think You Can DanceIt was announced that Leah ReminiTwo weeks after the premiere, the new judge will be on season 17 of FOX’s hit series. Matthew Morrison was fired for “inappropriate behavior.”

“I am thrilled to join So You Think You Can Dance on its milestone 300th episode,” the King of QueensThe network released a statement on Friday, June 10, stating that the 51-year-old alum was happy to be guiding these talented artists through this competition. “I look forward to guiding these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers. I can’t wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!”

Remini, who will kick-off her run alongside fellow judges JoJo Siwa Stephen “tWitch” BossOn the June 15 milestone show, previously seen on season 17 Dancing With the StarsPro dancer Tony Dovolani. The duo performed various numbers  — from the fox trot to the salsa — but ultimately finished in fifth place. The Who’s the BossHowever, the reality star returned to the show as a cohost for seasons 19-21, before becoming a guest judge during season 28.

Leah Remini Replaces Fired Matthew Morrison as a Judge on 'SYTYCD'

Matthew Morrison.
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Two weeks after the FOX series premiere, news comes that a New York native has joined the ranks of the FOX series. Us Weekly confirmed that Morrison, 43, had been fired after “not following proper protocols” following the show’s season 17 premiere.

“Having the opportunity to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance was an incredible honor for me,” the Glee Only alum told UsOn May 27, “Therefore, it is my deepest regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show.”

The California native continued: “After filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly. I cannot apologize enough to all involved and I will be watching alongside you all on what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.”

A source claimed that the source said this less than a week after the fact.Us that Morrison had sent “inappropriate messages” to a contestant that “contained sexual innuendos and were flirty to the extent he was overstepping boundaries.”

Per the insider, the Broadway vet didn’t have sex with the dancer, but she complained to producers about him because the messages made her feel uncomfortable and awkward and then they took it to HR.”

Morrison, for his part, took to social media the next day to deny the allegations and claim he had “nothing to hide.”

“It’s really unfortunate to have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly untrue statements made anonymously,” he said in a clip posted via Instagram on June 2. He captioned the footage, “Just to clarify,” appearing to limit the comments on the post.

The Tony Award winner went on to “read the one message that I wrote to a dancer on the show.” He claimed that the sole text he sent the dancer was, “‘Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, would love to get your number and talk you through some things.”

“The end,” he said after reading the message, before setting down his phone and shaking his head in disbelief.

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