AceShowbiz - A new video saw "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" a former executive producer telling staff, including Stephen "tWitch" Boss, not to "keep in the pain." Shared by Johanna Fuentes, the clip took place following the taping of the talk show's final episode.
In the eerie video, which was shared by the former senior communication executive at Warner Bros. on her Instagram page on Wednesday, December 14, then-EP Andy Lassner was seen gathering workers. "Keep each other close, don't keep in the pain, talk to someone - anyone," he said.
Andy was featured standing in front of tWitch, who served as the show's DJ for nine years. He was also seen being joined by fellow showrunner Mary Connelly.
Andy appeared to allude to the heavy toll that his colleagues might take following the end of the long-running show, which aired its final episode in May. "It is a life change and we're all going through," Andy said. "It's OK to be sad and to reach out to each other because nobody knows this exact experience other than the people who work here."
He also added that the group "went through it together" and "should be proud" of the work produced on the show.
In the caption, meanwhile, Fuentes paid tribute to tWitch, who passed away at the age of 40 in suicide. "Have have been rooting for Twitch through every chapter, from when I first saw him audition on SYTYCD and every moment in between, including our work at WB and Ellen," she wrote.
"An immense talent who brought joy to every room he walked into. Am devastated for Allison and their kids, for his friends and his family. He was such a bright light. As Andy said it best as the show wrapped - let's keep each other close. Don't keep in the pain, talk to someone. Anyone," she added.
After running for 19 years, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" was canceled following allegations of a "toxic" work environment.