Leah Remini replaces Matthew Morrison on So You Think You Can Dance

Fox has replaced Matthew Morrison as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance with actress Leah Remini, 51, after axing the Glee star for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a contestant.

The network released a statement announcing the official replacement on Friday and Leah said she was looking forward to ‘guiding these incredibly talented artists through this competition.’

The move comes a week after Morrison, 43, was given the boot from the dance series. He later defended himself in an Instagram clip claiming he had ‘nothing to hide’ and denied accusations he behaved inappropriately.

Replacement: Fox has replaced Matthew Morrison as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance with actress Leah Remini, 51, after axing the Glee star for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a contestant

Replacement: Fox has replaced Matthew Morrison as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance with actress Leah Remini, 51, after axing the Glee star for an alleged inappropriate relationship with a contestant (Remini pictured left in 2019, Morrison pictured right in 2021)

‘I am thrilled to join So You Think You Can Dance on its milestone 300th episode,’ Remini said of her new appointment.

Adding: ‘I look forward to these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers. I can’t wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!’

Not a professional dancer herself, Remini has competed in Dancing With the Stars during season 17. She was partnered with pro Tony Dovolani and finished in fifth place.

Leah later went on to serve as a fill-in co-host on DWTS in seasons 19 and 21 and returned as a guest judge in season 28.

'I am thrilled to join So You Think You Can Dance on its milestone 300th episode,' Remini said of her new appointment.  Adding: 'I look forward to these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers.  I can't wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!'

‘I am thrilled to join So You Think You Can Dance on its milestone 300th episode,’ Remini said of her new appointment. Adding: ‘I look forward to these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers. I can’t wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!’

She will judge SYTYCD alongside judges JoJo Siwa and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, filling the vacancy left last week when Fox unceremoniously fired Matthew Morrison.

Matthew Morrison defended himself on social media amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant saying he had ‘nothing to hide,’ and reciting the text message he sent to the contestant.

‘It’s really unfortunate that I really have to defend myself and my family against blatantly untrue statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,’ Morrison said.

‘In the interest of transparency, I will read to you the one message that I wrote to a dancer on the show: ‘Hey it’s Matthew, if you don’t mind, would love to get your number and talk [about] some things.’ The end.’

Dancing chops: Not a professional dancer herself, Remini has competed in Dancing With the Stars during season 17 and later went on to serve as a fill-in co-host on DWTS in seasons 19 and 21 and returned as a guest judge in season 28

Dancing chops: Not a professional dancer herself, Remini has competed in Dancing With the Stars during season 17 and later went on to serve as a fill-in co-host on DWTS in seasons 19 and 21 and returned as a guest judge in season 28

Morrison said he sent the text message in an effort to try and help get a mutual colleague hired by the Fox show.

Morrison condemned the ‘world where gossip rules,’ saying it is destroying our society and we need to do better.

‘And no way I want this to take away from the show because dance has always been a unifying and healing modality and I genuinely wish all the contestants and my fellow judges all the best,’ he said.

The contestant spoke with producers about the 43-year-old entertainer after he ‘reached out to her through flirty direct messages on social media,’ a source told People, noting that ‘they didn’t have sex’ and ‘never met up off -set.’

The source told the outlet the contestant ‘felt uncomfortable with his line of comments and went to producers, who then got Fox involved.’

The latest: Morrison, 43, was given the boot from the dance series last week following a network investigation into accusations he felt inappropriate messages to a female contestant

The latest: Morrison, 43, was given the boot from the dance series last week following a network investigation into accusations he felt inappropriate messages to a female contestant

Morrison ‘was fired after they did their own investigation,’ the source said, adding that ‘it was just messages that crossed the line.’

Morrison and his wife of seven years, Renee Puente, 37, are parents to two children, son Revel James Makai, four, and 11-month-old daughter Phoenix Monroe.

Morrison announced his departure from his judging role last week, saying in a statement to the outlet, ‘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.

‘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.’

The Glee actor added: ‘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.’

His side of the story: Matthew Morrison defended himself on social media amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant saying he had 'nothing to hide,' and reciting the text message he sent to the contestant

His side of the story: Matthew Morrison defended himself on social media amid allegations he had an inappropriate relationship with a female contestant saying he had ‘nothing to hide,’ and reciting the text message he sent to the contestant

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