Fox has replaced Matthew Morrison as judge on So You Think You Can Dance with actress Leah Remini, 51, after axing the Glee star over an alleged inappropriate relationship with a contestant.
The network released a statement on Friday announcing the official replacement, and Leah said she’s excited to “guide these incredibly talented artists through this competition.”
The move comes a week after Morrison, 43, received the boot from the dance series. He later defended himself in an Instagram clip, claiming he had “nothing to hide” and denied allegations that he behaved inappropriately.
Replacement: Fox has replaced Matthew Morrison as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance with actress Leah Remini, 51, after axing the Glee star over an alleged inappropriate relationship with a contestant (Remini pictured left in 2019, Morrison pictured right in 2021).
“I’m thrilled to be a part of So You Think You Can Dance’s 300th episode,” Remini said of her new appointment.
Added, “As a fan of the show and huge admirer of dancers, I’m excited to guide these incredibly talented artists through this competition. I can’t wait to see the artistry the contestants bring to the stage!’
Not a professional dancer herself, Remini took part in Dancing With the Stars in season 17. She was partnered with pro Tony Dovolani and placed fifth.
Leah later served as a backup co-host on DWTS in seasons 19 and 21, and returned in season 28 as a guest judge.
“I’m thrilled to be a part of So You Think You Can Dance’s 300th episode,” Remini said of her new appointment. Added, “As a fan of the show and huge admirer of dancers, I’m excited to guide these incredibly talented artists through this competition. I can’t wait to see the artistry the contestants bring to the stage!’
She will judge SYTYCD alongside judges JoJo Siwa and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, filling the vacancy left over last week when Fox summarily fired Matthew Morrison.
Matthew Morrison has defended himself on social media amid allegations that he has an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant, saying he has “nothing to hide” and reciting the text message he sent to the contestant.
“It is really unfortunate that I really have to defend myself and my family against patently untrue statements that have been made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” Morrison said.
“In the interest of transparency, I’m going to read you the one message I wrote to a dancer on the show: ‘Hey, this is Matthew, if you don’t mind I’d like to get your number and talk to you [about] some things.’ The end.’
Dancing Chops: Remini, who is not a professional dancer herself, competed on Dancing With the Stars in season 17 and later served as a backup co-host on DWTS in seasons 19 and 21, returning in season 28 as a guest judge
Morrison said he sent the texts to try and hire a mutual colleague for the Fox show.
Morrison condemned a “world ruled by gossip,” saying it is destroying our society and we need to do better.
“And I definitely don’t want that to affect the show because dance has always been a unifying and healing practice and I sincerely wish all the contestants and my fellow judges well,” he said.
The contestant spoke to producers about the 43-year-old entertainer after “reaching her through flirty direct messages on social media,” a source told People, noting that “they didn’t have sex” and “never met.” to have”. -set to.’
The source told the outlet the contestant “felt uncomfortable with his comment line and went to the producers, who then brought Fox in.”
The latest: Morrison, 43, was given the boot from the dance series last week after a network investigation led to allegations he sent inappropriate messages to a contestant
Morrison “was fired after they conducted their own investigation,” the source said, adding that “it was just news that crossed the line.”
Morrison and his wife Renee Puente, 37, of seven, are parents to two children, four-year-old son Revel James Makai and 11-month-old daughter Phoenix Monroe.
Morrison announced his retirement from his role as judge last week, saying in a statement to the outlet: “After filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow the competition’s production protocols, which made me prevented from being able to judge the competition fairly.
“Having the opportunity to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance has been an incredible honor for me. It is therefore my deepest regret to announce that I am leaving the show.’
The Glee actor added, “I cannot apologize enough to everyone involved and will be with you all to watch what I believe will be one of the best seasons yet.”
His side of the story: Matthew Morrison took to social media to defend himself against allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a contestant, saying he had “nothing to hide” and reciting the text message he sent to the contestant