Matthew Morrison claims the alleged textual content he despatched to a “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant – which led to his abrupt exit as a decide – was not inappropriate.
“It’s really unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly untrue statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” the “Glee” alum, 43, stated in a video posted to his Instagram on Thursday.
“So, in the interest of transparency, I will read to you the one message that I wrote to a dancer on the show.”
Morrison then proceeded to learn the alleged textual content out loud – however didn’t present his cellphone or any screenshots of the dialog on digital camera.
“Hey! It’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, would love to get your number and talk you through some things,” the message learn, in line with Morrison, who claims he despatched it as a result of he and the unnamed particular person “share a mutual respect” for a similar choreographer.
“I’ve known her [the choreographer] for over 20 years and was trying to help her get a job as a choreographer on the show,” he alleged. “It’s devastating that we live in this world where gossip rules and people’s lives are being thrown around as clickbait.”
As Page Six beforehand reported, Morrison was chosen to decide Season 17 of “SYTYCD” alongside JoJo Siwa and Stephen “tWitch” Boss, with Cat Deeley as host.
Fans of the dance competitors collection had been shocked to study that the Broadway star was departing final month after not following “competition production protocols.”
“Having the opportunity to be a judge on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ was an incredible honor for me. Therefore, it is my deepest regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show,” Morrison, who has been married to Renee Puente since 2014, advised Us Weekly in a press release on May 27.
“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.”
However, People later reported that Morrison was fired for having “an inappropriate relationship” with a feminine contestant.
“They didn’t have sex, but he reached out to her through flirty direct messages on social media,” a supply claimed to the outlet, stressing that the 2 “never met up” off-set.
“She felt uncomfortable with his line of comments and went to producers, who then got Fox involved. He was fired after they did their own investigation.”
Page Six has reached out to Morrison and Fox for remark.