Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance started up again on May 18 after taking a break to let viewers’ eardrums heal from Mary Murphy’s screeches pounding them into grounded-up eardrum meat. The last season, which was season 16, aired in 2019 and the 17th season featured a new judging panel made up of Stephen “tWitch” Boss, a ponytail-less JoJo Siwa, and Justin Timberlake’s Wednesday matinee understudy Matthew Morrison (aka creepy teacher extraordinaire Mr. Schue from Glee). But after just two episodes, Matthew was told, “So you think you can dance out the exit door?”, because he has jazz-walked off of the SYTCD stage. The reason he gave is that he did not “follow competition protocols,” and the rest of his statement makes it sound like he got too friendly with at least one contestant. What a Mr. Schue thing to do.
Us Weekly says that just after two episodes in, Matthew Morrison is out effective immediately. In his exit statement, he burped up a sowwy for not following “competition production protocols” and that might make some think, “Trick is not vaccinated.” But he’s already filmed episodes and he goes on to say that the protocols he broke have prevented him from “being able to judge the competition fairly.”
“Having the opportunity to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance was an incredible honor for me. Therefore, it is my deepest regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show. After filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly. I cannot apologize enough to all involved and I will be watching alongside you all on what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.”
TVLine adds that Matthew will continue to appear on the show until mid-June because SYTYCD‘s early episodes are all pre-taped.
There’s of course speculation as to what Matthew, who has been married to Renee Puente since 2014, did to get the boot. Speculation ranges from Matthew winning So You Think You Can Bone A Contestant When You’re A Judge? to him hanging out with a contestant to him previously knowing a contestant. We don’t know, but Us Weekly says that what Matthew did was a “minor infraction.” Well, whatever the case may be, at least contestants no longer have to worry about getting hit with the unsettling memory of Matthew’s Horny Grinch every time they see his smarmy smirk.