Matthew Morrison is here to defend himself.
And he brought the receipts.
Earlier this week, the actor was fired as a judge of So You Think You Can Dance, a move that shocked viewers because the new season had just begun.
According to sources at the time, Morrison was abruptly removed from his post due to an inappropriate text sent to a contestant.
An behind-the-scenes insider about the reality show told People magazine that Morrison was dropped from the program “after having an affair with a female contestant.”
“They didn’t have sex, but she reached out to him via flirt messages directly on social media,” the insider explained.
“He felt uncomfortable in his comment line and went to the producers, who then involved Fox. He was fired after they conducted their own investigation.”
The outlet insisted that Morrison and the unnamed woman had never actually met … but Morrison now says there is more to the story.
Or LessReally, it depends on how you look at it.
“It’s unfortunate that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against shameless untruths, but I have nothing to hide,” the actor said in a long and emotional video on Thursday.
“So, for the sake of clarity … I’ll read to you the message I wrote to a dancer on the show.”
In addition, Morrison read the following note, which was sent at 12:34 a.m. on April 25:
“Hey! That’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d like to get your number and talk to you about something …”
Morrison went on to explain that he wanted to connect with the contestants because they shared “mutual respect” for a choreographer and that he wanted the choreographer to get a job at So You Think You Can Dance.
According to TMZ, competitors have reached out to producers to complain about the weird text.
Morrison added in his video that he had no idea the judges were not allowed to communicate with competitors.
He had a lot to say with all the so-called reporting there.
“It’s devastating that we live in a world where gossip rules and human lives are being thrown around like a click bait,” Morrison complained.
“I think it’s a lot bigger than me and this story. Gossip is poisonous and it’s destroying our society and we need to do better.”
He ended the footage as follows:
“By no means do I want to convey that I recommend for the mother to be inactive.
“I truly wish all the contestants and my co-judges well.”
Many of the early episodes of the So You Think You Can Dance episode were taped a while ago, so Morrison will appear and bring a replacement until the show goes live.
“It was an incredible honor for me to be the judge of So You Think You Can Dance. So, I’m deeply saddened to let you know that I will leave the show,” Morrison said after the news of his dismissal became public. Last month.
“After filming the audition round for the show and selecting the 12 finalists, I did not follow the competition’s production protocol, which prevented me from being able to judge the competition fairly.”
“I can’t apologize enough to everyone involved and I will see with all of you what I know will be one of the best seasons so far.”