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Matthew Morrison reacts to ‘false’ claims about SYTYCD firing


Matthew Morrison tells his side of the story.

After being fired from his job as a judge on Fox’s So you think you can dance on May 27 for not following “contest production protocol,” which he previously confirmed in a statement to E! News, the Joy alum explained what happened in an Instagram video posted on June 2 — and it all surrounds a text message.

“It’s really unfortunate to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly false statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” he said. “So for the sake of transparency, I’m going to read you the only message I wrote to a dancer on the show: ‘Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d like to get your number and talk to you about some of the stuff.'”

When Morrison, 43, was fired, it was not immediately clear why the decision was made, but People later reported that “seductive direct messages on social media” made a contestant on the show uncomfortable.

“I sent this because this dancer and I share a mutual respect for a choreographer I’ve known for over 20 years and was trying to help her get a job as a choreographer on the show,” Morrison continued. “It’s devastating where we live in this world where gossip rules and people’s lives are thrown around like click bait.”

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