It was with great sadness that we learned of the suicide of DJ Stephen "tWitch" Boss last week at the age of 40. Tributes and condolences poured in from all corners of the entertainment industry, and many were eagerly waiting to hear from talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, who has now released a video message in honor of "tWitch." She shared her condolences and encouraged others to check in on their loved ones, reminding us all of the importance of mental health and the need to reach out for support when needed.
While "tWitch" was best known for his appearances on So You Think You Can Dance, he was also a beloved figure on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he served as house DJ, executive producer, and co-host from 2014 to 2022. "I just wanted to say that the past 11 days have been really tough for everyone," DeGeneres said in a video posted to social media.
"Everyone is in pain and trying to make sense of it. We'll never make sense of it...The holidays are hard, I think, anyway, but to honor tWitch, the best thing we can do is to laugh and hug each other, and play games, and dance and sing.
That's the way we honor him. We do the things that he loved to do.... And I know it seems hard. It seems impossible. But that's how we honor him. We hug each other and tell each other we love each other, and let people know that we're there for them.
Check in on people." DeGeneres added, "I know it's not a happy holiday, but he was pure light. If you knew him, you knew that. If you didn't know him, you saw it. Let's honor him and think about him and send love to one another."
Stephen "tWitch" Boss
Boss was a beloved figure on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he served as the show's resident DJ since 2014.
He quickly became a fan favorite for his infectious energy and outgoing personality. In addition to his work on the show, Boss also appeared on several other TV programs and films, including So You Think You Can Dance and Magic Mike XXL.
Fans and colleagues alike took to social media to express their condolences and share their memories of Boss. Many noted his positive impact on the entertainment industry and on the lives of those who knew him. Stephen "tWitch" Boss will be deeply missed by his friends, family, and fans. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones during this difficult time.