Update, June 3 at 8:56 a.m.: Matthew Morrison posted a video on Instagram on the evening of June 3, addressing his departure from So You Think You Can Dance, reading the alleged message that got him fired from the show. He emphasized that it was one message to a dancer competing on the show that read, “Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, would love to get your number to talk you through some things.” He claimed that he was trying to connect the dancer to a choreographer he’s worked with to help her get a job. Vulture has reached out to representatives for So You Think You Can Dance and for Matthew Morrison for comment. Deadline reports that Morrison will still be featured in four episodes of the season as they were pre-taped before his firing and a replacement judge will be announced soon.
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When Matthew Morrison was fired midway through his first season judging So You Think You Can Dance in May, the actor chalked it up to disregarding “competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly.” A new report has more clarity on the situation, claiming Morrison inappropriately messaged a contestant on the show. A source told People Morrison “had an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant,” which took place through “flirty direct messages on social media.” The source added that Fox investigated Morrison after the contestant complained. “She felt uncomfortable with his line of comments and went to producers,” said the source. (The source also clarified that Morrison and the contestant “never met up off-set.”) Representatives for So You Think You Can Dance did not reply to a request for comment. The series recently premiered on May 18, with Morrison likely to still appear in a number of episodes, given the show’s production schedule. Fox has not announced a replacement judge.