Todrick Hall has been slammed for speculating over Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ suicide by suggesting the Ellen DeGeneres toxic workplace scandal ‘put pressure on him.’
tWitch (born Stephen Laurel Boss) died from a self-inflicted gunshot inside a motel room in Los Angeles on December 13 at the age of 40.
From 2014 to May 2022, tWitch was a repeated guest host and a co-executive producer of the program – the show ended last year following accusations the production was fostering a toxic work environment.
Hall, 37, sparked mass outrage online when he told PageSix: ‘People were looking at him [tWitch] like, ‘Why are you still supporting this woman, and I think he was under a lot of pressure’ – leading fans to slam Hall, saying ‘he’s found a new low.’
Backlash: Todrick Hall has been slammed for speculating over Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ suicide by suggesting the Ellen DeGeneres toxic workplace scandal ‘put pressure on him (Hall pictured 2021)
Suggesting the online backlash may have been a factor in his suicide, Hall added: “I don’t know what was going on in his life that may [have led] him to make that decision but I do understand.
‘Right now when I get online some days like right now, if I was in the wrong position of where this abuse would keep happening for years and years and years, there’s only so much a human being can take.”
One fan wrote: ‘ I didn’t expect this from Todrick. He’s found a new low’ while a second typed: ‘I’m so tired of ppl making speculations like they know what happened. Why would Todrick do that? Just let the family grieve in peace/’
A third typed: ‘Todrick is a fraud and will do anything for attention’ while another penned: ‘You see why people don’t like Todrick all to make people watch you bring up twitch.’
Toxic workplace scandal: tWitch (born Stephen Laurel Boss) died from a self-inflicted gunshot inside a motel room in Los Angeles on December 13 at the age of 40 – he is pictured with Ellen DeGeneres before the show ended amid toxic workplace claims
Another wrote: ‘Wow @todrickhall85 trying to make himself relevant. Todrick no one wants to hear you. So leave Twitch and his family alone. Let them grieve in peace.’
One follower wrote: ‘Last show recorded in April- he died 8 mos later? That statement makes no sense.’
Boss left a suicide note at a motel alluding to challenges he faced in the past and turned his phone to airplane mode before shooting himself dead, according to reports.
The ambiguous note was left at the scene of the 40-year-old’s suicide, only a mile from his home, reported TMZ.
Boss checked into the Oak Tree Inn in Encino at around 10.30am on Monday, December 13.
Outrage: Hall, 37, sparked mass outrage online when he told PageSix : ‘People were looking at him [tWitch] like, ‘Why are you still supporting this woman, and I think he was under a lot of pressure’ – leading fans to slam Hall, saying ‘he’s found a new low.’
He was found dead in the room’s bathroom the following day when he failed to check out.
TMZ said that he switched his phone onto airplane mode so he couldn’t be contacted.
Boss’ wife of nine years, Allison Holker, contacted Los Angeles police on Tuesday to report him missing, saying he had left without a word a day earlier and wasn’t returning her calls, TMZ reported, citing law enforcement sources.
Holker insisted there had been no fight or dispute that precipitated his departure, just three days after their wedding anniversary and said his lack of contact was extremely out of character.
Police accompanied Holker back to the family home for a brief search for any clues about his disappearance – but soon after a 911 call came in from a nearby motel, where a housekeeper had discovered Boss dead from a gunshot wound.
Along with his high-profile roles as a DJ, producer, dancer and choreographer, Boss also had a number of acting roles in television and film, such as starring alongside Channing Tatum in Magic Mike XXL (2015).
Fury: Fans took to social media to slam the presenter over his comments
His acting resume also included three films in the Step Up franchise: Step Up 3D (2010), Step Up Revolution (2012) and Step Up: All In (2014), which starred both Tatum and his ex-wife Jenna Dewan in the 2006 original.
tWitch leaves behind his wife Allison Holker, whom he married in 2013, and their three children, Weslie, 14, Maddox, six and Zaia, three, and his mother, along with a slew of people who considered themselves to be friends and colleagues.
Last year, DeGeneres announced her long-running show would be coming to an end after 20 seasons, following accusations the production was fostering a toxic work environment.
A pileup of professional problems for DeGeneres – who encouraged people to ‘Be kind’ on her show – sprouted in March of 2020, after comedian Kevin T. Porter went viral after asking his followers to post ‘insane’ tales of ‘Ellen being mean’ in a charitable effort for Los Angeles Food Bank.
The tweet inspired hundreds of responses, snowballing into more bad publicity for the star as employees of her show complained about poor treatment from the show’s execs as the coronavirus forced DeGeneres to film her show from home.
In July of 2020, Buzzfeed published a pair of reports speaking with current and former employees for the show who said that the program was plagued by a toxic work environment rife with bullying, sexual misconduct and racist remarks.
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss left a suicide note at a motel alluding to challenges he faced in the past and turned his phone to airplane mode before shooting himself dead, according to reports
Warner Bros.’s parent company WarnerMedia subsequently launched an internal probe of the show, saying that findings indicated ‘some flaws in the show’s daily management’ and ‘deficiencies related to the show’s day-to-day management.’
In August of 2020, Warner Bros. announced that executive producers Ed Glavin and Kevin Leman and co-executive producer Jonathan Norman had ‘parted ways’ with the show prior to its 18th season.
When DeGeneres returned to the air in September of 2020, she apologized over the scandal over things ‘that never should have happened.’
‘I know that I’m in a position of privilege and power,’ she said, ‘and I realize that with that comes responsibility, and I take responsibility for what happens at my show.
‘We have had a lot of conversations over the last few weeks about the show, our workplace, and what we want for the future. We have made the necessary changes and today we are starting a new chapter.’
Boss, 40, and Holker, 34, shared three children: Zaia, 3, Maddox Laurel, 6, and Weslie Renae, 14
In the speech, DeGeneres also addressed allegations aimed at her personal behavior, saying, ‘The truth is I am that person that you see on TV. I am also a lot of other things. I get sad. I get mad. I get anxious. I get frustrated. I get impatient. And I am working on all of that.’
The show felt an immediate ratings hit, as it averaged 1.5 million viewers in the first six months of the season compared to 2.6 million the year before, according to Nielsen.
DeGeneres announced she was ending her show in May of 2021, telling fans that she intuitively felt it was time to wrap things up in its 19th season.
‘You may wonder why I’ve decided to end after 19 seasons,’ she said on her show. ‘The truth is, I always trust my instincts. My instinct told me it’s time.’
Boss’s family had held an intimate and private funeral ceremony on January 4, that was only for his immediate family in Los Angeles.
There’s been reports that a larger Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in his honor in the coming months which that will allow close friends and people considered ‘extended family’ to attend.
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Ellen DeGeneres says the claims that she ran a toxic work environment were a ‘coordinated, misogynistic’ attack on her and that she couldn’t ‘possibly’ have known her staff were unhappy