‘Ellen’ Producer Defends Friends Appreciation for Stephen ‘Twitch’
A fellow former “tWitch” Boss is defending the late dancer’s friends for sharing stories and photos of themselves with the Boss in light of his tragic death.
“A lot of people on social media post pictures of themselves using Twitch. They talk about their close friendship with him. We talk about the text messages they exchanged with him just last week. He talks about the conversation they once had with him,” writes Andy Lasner, producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” The ex, via Instagram, days after the boss was found dead in a Los Angeles motel room on Tuesday.
“Thing—it’s all true. It’s all true.”
Lesner, who has worked with the dancer-turned-DJ for nearly a decade, continued, “Those who knew him aren’t trying to make this tragedy about themselves. They’re just trying to tell you who Twitch was.”
In his post — which has been admired by A-List including Jennifer Garner, Jennifer Aniston, and Kris Jenner — Lesner stressed that the Boss made everyone feel like “the most important person in the world.”
“And he did it for everyone. Not just the people he needed or who were ‘important’. He did it for everyone. It doesn’t sound real. But it is. It’s all of it,” he explained.
“He really cared about every person who worked on the show and everyone in his life. The thing is if you only met him once – you had that feeling. That light. That’s why I think you and I hurt. Because we all depended on him. He was our flame. Our joy. Our dancer.” .”
As Page Six previously reported, Boss died by suicide on Tuesday at the age of 40. His wife and fellow dancer, Allison Holker, and their three children Wesley, 14, Maddox, are survived by the “So You Think You Can Dance” alum. 6, angles, 3.
Boss reportedly used the ride-sharing service to travel from his Los Angeles home to the nearby Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California, Monday night. The Los Angeles County Medical Examiner later confirmed that Boss died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, and that “there were no signs of foul play”.
Lesner’s post, which showed a black-and-white photo of the dancer, noted that no one knew the “heavy burden” the Boss was carrying.
“He must have been very tired. But we didn’t know because he never wanted it to be about him. Never,” the TV producer shared.
“So now we can either spend all our time wondering why and how and never be satisfied with the answers we imagine. Or we can focus on being grateful for the gift He has given us by allowing us to take the light from His flames.”
Holker, 34, confirmed the news of Bose’s death in a statement to People earlier this week. She said, “It is with the heaviest of hearts that I must share my husband who has left us, Stephen.”
“Stephen lit up every room he entered. He valued family, friends, and community above all else, and leading with love and light was everything to him.”
“He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”
Boss and Holker, who met while filming “SYTYCD,” celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary just days before his untimely death.
“Saying YES to sir_twitch_alot was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life!! I feel so blessed and loved!!” Holker wrote at the time. “I love you baby and I will never take you or our love for granted! I love you.”
If you or someone you know has been affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call or text Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988.
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