Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss reportedly under pressure over ‘Ellen’ scandal
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ has died due to online pressure he was under for supporting Ellen DeGeneres.
Todrick Hall, a close friend of the late dancer, shared that tWitch was under pressure over the Ellen DeGeneres show scandal, per Page 6.
tWitch became the show’s DJ in 2014 was named the show’s co-executive producer in 2020. He committed suicide with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in an LA hotel room on December 13, 2022. He was 40 years old.
The choreographer claimed Boss faced widespread criticism for continuing to support his controversial girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres after she was accused of contributing to a “toxic workplace” on the show.
In 2020, DeGeneres was anonymously accused of enabling a culture of “racism, fear and intimidation” on set by several former employees. The news was not well received and drew a lot of criticism for the talk show host and some for Boss, who supported DeGeneres.
“People were looking at him like, ‘Why are you still supporting this woman,'” he said Page 6“and I think he was under a lot of pressure.”
Hall also added that the online backlash may have contributed to Boss’ disturbed mental peace.
“I don’t know what happened in his life that could [have led] him to make this decision, but I understand. Right now when I log in on some days like right now, if I was in the wrong position as to where this abuse would continue to happen for years and years and years, there’s no only a limit to what a human being can bear.
He continued, “He was just someone who always supported me. He was also kind and down to earth. He came to my house several times and we shot TikTok videos together.
DeGeneres announced in the spring of 2022 that she was ending her talk show after 19 years, saying she had decided before the scandal broke that she would leave the show. She filmed her final episode on April 28.