Throwing on her judging sneakers! So You Assume You Can Dance has introduced that Leah Remini would be the new decide on season 17 of the hit FOX sequence, two weeks after Matthew Morrison was fired for “inappropriate habits.”
“I’m thrilled to affix So You Assume You Can Dance on its milestone three hundredth episode,” the King of Queens alum, 51, mentioned in an announcement launched by the community on Friday, June 10. “I stay up for guiding these extremely proficient artists by this competitors as a fan of the present and a terrific admirer of dancers. I can’t wait to see the artistry that the contestants convey to the stage!”
Remini, who will kick off her run with fellow judges JoJo Siwa and Stephen “tWitch” Boss on the June 15 milestone episode, beforehand appeared on season 17 of Dancing With the Stars with professional dancer Tony Dovolani. The duo carried out numerous numbers — from the fox trot to the salsa — however in the end completed in fifth place. The Who’s the Boss alum returned to the fact present, nevertheless, as a brief cohost throughout seasons 19 and 21 earlier than changing into a visitor decide throughout season 28, which aired in 2019.
Information of the New York native becoming a member of the ranks of the FOX sequence comes two weeks after Us Weekly confirmed that Morrison, 43, had been fired after “not following correct protocols” following the present’s season 17 premiere.
“Having the chance to be a decide on So You Assume You Can Dance was an unbelievable honor for me,” the Glee alum completely informed Us on Might 27. “Subsequently, it’s my deepest remorse to tell you that I might be leaving the present.”
The California native continued: “After filming the audition rounds for the present and finishing the number of the 12 finalists, I didn’t comply with competitors manufacturing protocols, stopping me from with the ability to decide the competitors pretty. I can’t apologize sufficient to all concerned and I might be watching alongside you all on what I do know might be among the finest seasons but.”
Lower than every week later, a supply claimed to Us that Morrison had despatched “inappropriate messages” to a contestant that “contained sexual innuendos and have been flirty to the extent he was overstepping boundaries.”
Per the insider, the Broadway vet didn’t have intercourse with the dancer, however she complained to producers about him as a result of the messages made her really feel uncomfortable and awkward after which they took it to HR.”
Morrison, for his half, took to social media the subsequent day to disclaim the allegations and declare he had “nothing to cover.”
“It’s actually unlucky to have to sit down right here and defend myself and my household towards blatantly unfaithful statements made anonymously,” he mentioned in a clip posted via Instagram on June 2. He captioned the footage, “Simply to make clear,” showing to restrict the feedback on the publish.
The Tony Award winner went on to “learn the one message that I wrote to a dancer on the present.” He claimed that the only textual content he despatched the dancer was, “‘Hey, it’s Matthew. When you don’t thoughts, would like to get your quantity and discuss you thru some issues.”
“The tip,” he mentioned after studying the message, earlier than setting down his telephone and shaking his head in disbelief.