Matthew Morrison absent as SYTYCD judge after failing to follow ‘production protocols’

Matthew Morrison’s tenure as a judge on So you think you can dance will be short-lived: Joy The vet quits Fox’s long-running competition streak after failing to follow judging protocol. The news comes just a week after the Season 17 premiere.

“To have the possibility of being a judge on So you think you can dance was an incredible honor for me. Therefore, I deeply regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show,” Morrison said in a statement obtained by TVLine. “After filming the show’s auditions and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow the production protocols of the competition, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly.

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“I can’t apologize enough to everyone involved,” he added, “and I’ll be watching all of you for what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.”

American weekly was the first to break the news of Morrison’s departure.

SYTYCDThe COVID-delayed 17th season kicked off May 18 with an all-new judging panel consisting of Morrison, JoJo Siwa, and Stephen “tWitch” Boss. Since the first episodes of the series are all pre-recorded, Morrison will continue to appear until mid-June

A Fox insider told TVLine that a new judge will replace Morrison in time for the next wave of the contest starting June 15. An announcement on his successor will be made soon.

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