Ellen DeGeneres responds to the death of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss: ‘Heartbroken’

Ellen DeGeneres responds to Stephen

Ellen DeGeneres reacts to the death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss. (Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

Ellen DeGeneres is one of the stars mourning Stephen “tWitch” Boss, whose death was confirmed Wednesday by his wife, Allison Holker Boss. Boss was the old DJ from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. In a statement on social media, DeGeneres said she is “heartbroken” over the passing of her friend and associate.

“tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him,” DeGeneres captioned a photo of her and Boss. The former talk show host asked for “love and support for” the dancer’s family.

DeGeneres hired Boss as DJ of The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2014. He later became an executive producer before the program ended in May. The two also worked together on DeGeneres’ NBC game show Game of games. Boss publicly supported the Emmy-winning host when she was accused of facilitating a toxic workplace in 2020.

In an emotional statement, Holker Boss called the entertainer “the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.” The So you think you can dance alumni celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary four days ago. They share three children: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.

Boss died Tuesday, but his cause of death has not been confirmed. TMZ claimed he died by suicide.

Kalen Allen, actor and guest contributor for The Ellen DeGeneres Showshared a heartfelt message to his “beloved friend, confidant and brother.”

“God knows, my heart stops because I’ve never known a friend like you. No words, dance or show can adequately describe how wonderful your existence has been for this world and for me,” the internet personality began. “In a world where it was easy to get lost in the shadows, I am thankful that we always saw each other. We were each other’s biggest fan and often the light in each other’s darkest hours. I am very sorry that the darkness has been found a vote this time and got too loud.”

Allen said he called Boss on Friday for their “usual check-in”.

“As a queer black man, I want to thank you for seeing me and giving me a friendship I didn’t even know existed. Oh, my friend, you have no idea how revolutionary your existence alone was. To be heard to be one thing and to be seen is another But to be felt is the true gift, and I hope when you look down from above you know you’ve never been anyone’s sidekick, and hell you weren’t even a real DJ, lol,” Allen joked.

“But how you moved and won the hearts of the world with your gentle and subtle kindness was the glue that completed the puzzle. We ended each show and encouraged the audience to take all the light and joy they found in that soundstage. take it and spread it all over the world.” world. I promise I will dream the unimaginable. I’ll climb every mountain, and I’ll dance every dance fueled by your memory,” the singer-songwriter concluded. Take care of him and take care of his family. You’ve been given an angel who needs no introduction.”

Leah Remini, who judged SYTYCD next to Boss, honored his kindness.

“tWitch was the guy who played and interacted with his fans in the audience during commercial breaks, cheering on all the participants when the cameras weren’t rolling,” she shared. “He had such a passion and love for dance and mentoring performers and the contestants on the show. TWitch adored his wife, Allison, and their three children more than anything. He would spend all the time with so many talk proudly about them. He had a laugh and smile that lit up the whole room.”

SYTYCD Paula Abdul judge called Boss “a beacon of light.”

Jada Pinkett Smith, Ciara, Questlove, Alyssa Milano, Ellen Toon producer Andy Lassner, Jersey shore star Pauly D and more reacted to the sad news on social media. “RIPTwitch” has been a trending topic on Twitter for most of the day.

Holker Boss regularly posted lighthearted videos of her dancing with her husband. Her most recent Instagram was on Monday. Many of their famous friends left condolences.

“Oh my god,” said Olivia Munn. “My whole heart is with you and your family.”

“God bless you and your beautiful family, I’m so sorry,” Snooki said.

“Sisssssssstar my heart is broken. I’m soooo sorry,” Tamar Braxton wrote.

“Praying for your family,” Larsa Pippen added.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call 911 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to the Crisis Text Line at 741741.

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