‘Ellen’ scandal put pressure on Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, says friend Todrick Hall

Todrick Hall says his friend Stephen “tWitch” Boss – the DJ of the “Ellen Degeneres Show” who took his own life last month – was under a lot of pressure because of his boss’ “toxic workplace” scandal.

In 2020, Degeneres was anonymously accused of enabling a culture of “racism, fear and intimidation” by several former employees. The shock news created an outpouring of criticism online – some of it directed at Boss, who stood alongside the talk show host.

“People were looking at him like, ‘Why are you still supporting that woman,'” the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ judge told Page Six, “and I think he was under a lot of pressure.”

Hall speculated that digital backlash may have contributed to Boss’ state of mind in the months before his death.

“I don’t know what happened in his life that could [have led] him to make this decision, but I understand. Right now when I log in on some days like right now, if I was in the wrong position as to where this abuse would continue to happen for years and years and years, there’s no only a limit to what a human being can bear.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Ellen DeGeneres posing on stage.
Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and Ellen DeGeneres have suffered a public backlash after supporting Ellen DeGeneres during her ‘toxic workplace’ scandal.
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“He was just someone who was always supportive of me. He was also kind and down to earth. He came to my house several times and we shot TikTok videos together,” Hall said of his late friend. .

The “So You Think You Can Dance” judge died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound and was found in a hotel room in Los Angeles on December 13. He was 40 years old.

He became the DJ for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in 2014 and was named the show’s co-executive producer in 2020.

Stephen "tWitch" Boss Hillary Clinton and Ellen DeGeneres on the set of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
tWitch had been the show’s DJ since 2014.

Degeneres announced in the spring of 2022 that she was ending her talk show after a run after 19 years, saying she had decided before the scandal broke that she would leave the show. She filmed her final episode on April 28.

Boss leaves behind his wife Allison Holker, 34, and two children, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3. He had also adopted Holker’s daughter, Weslie, 14, from a previous relationship.

He committed suicide in December.
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DeGeneres mourned the “Magic Mike XXL” star in an Instagram video.

“Everyone is hurting and trying to make sense of it – we’ll never figure it out. And the holidays are tough, I think, anyway, but I think the best thing we can do to honor tWitch is to laughing and hugging and playing games and dancing and singing,” she said. “That’s how we honor him… We do the things he loved to do.

Hall’s New Reality Show “WeHo’s Real Friends” airs Fridays at 9 a.m. on MTV. The series also stars Dorión Renaud, Curtis Hamilton, Brad Goreski, Joey Zauzig and James Vaughn.

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