Longtime talk show host and former “American Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres is mourning the loss of her boyfriend and longtime DJ of her eponymous talk show, Stephen “tWitch” Boss, who died suddenly this morning, Wednesday, December 14. TMZ reported that Allison Holker, the dancer, DJ and television personality’s wife, ran to the LAPD this morning when Boss left home without his car, citing this as unusual behavior on his part. Hours later, paramedics were called to a Los Angeles hotel, where they found Boss had died from complications from an “apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.”
Boss first joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest DJ in 2014 and eventually made the position permanent Tony Okungbowa. Hear what DeGeneres has to say about her late friend below.
Ellen DeGeneres pays tribute to her friend Twitch
Hours after news of the sudden death of Stephen “tWitch” boss, Ellen DeGeneres went to social media to commemorate her late friend, writing: “I am heartbroken. Twitch was pure love and light. He was my family and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children – Weslie, Maddox and Zaia.”
Familiar faces from The Ellen Show also chimed in. Commenting on DeGeneres’ post, longtime executive producer Andy Lassner said, “❤️Nobody made him smile like you did,” and fan-favorite guest Sophia Grace Brownlee added, “So heartbreaking 💔🙏🏼.”
Fans share DeGeneres’ grief for Boss and his family, including his wife Allison, who did it appeared on The Ellen Show several times with her deceased husband.
“I’m so sad. I love him, I never met him but he seemed such a wonderful soul. I will say so many prayers for his wife and children. I remember calling him on So You Think You Can Dance line up and then when I saw he was your DJ that was it. You two together were pure joy,” one fan wrote Facebook.
“I’m just heartbroken about it. I liked watching Twitch. Such a kind, talented person. I just watched videos of him proposing to his wife, dancing with Alex Wong and waxing on the Ellen show. Twitch rest in peace,” added another fan.
Twitch first rose to fame with So You Think You Can Dance
Stephen “tWitch” Boss’s career took off long before he joined The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Boss’s entrance into the spotlight began with “So You Think You Can Dance.” After Boss auditioned for the show’s third season and narrowly missed making the top 20 returned for the fourth seasonand made it to the grand finals, finishing second in the competition behind winner Joshua Allen.
Boss also had a successful acting career, having appeared in both dance and acting roles in films such as Blades of Glory, Hairspray, and Magic Mike XXL, and television shows such as Modern Family and Young & Hungry . In 2018, Boss returned to So You Think You Can Dance, this time behind the judges’ panel alongside Nigel Lythgoe, Mary Murphy and Vanessa Hudgens. Two seasons later in 2022, he returned as a judge, this time alongside him JoJo Siwa and Matthew Morrison, who was later replaced by Leah Remini.
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