AceShowbiz - "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" toxic workplace scandal allegedly took a toll on Stephen "tWitch" Boss, who served as the DJ on the talk show. According to tWitch's friend Todrick Hall, he was under a lot of pressure because of the matter.
In a new interview, Todrick revealed that tWitch faced online criticism for standing by Ellen DeGeneres. The host was accused by several former employees of allowing an on-set culture of "racism, fear and intimidation."
"People were looking at him like, 'Why are you still supporting this woman?' " Todrick said of the late DJ, who died from suicide late last year, in an interview with Page Six. "I think he was under a lot of pressure."
The "RuPaul's Drag Race" judge just went on to speculate that the pushback might contribute to his friend's state of mind. "I don't know what was going on in his life that may [have led] him to make that decision but I do understand," he said.
He continued, "Right now when I get online some days like right now, if I was in the wrong position of where this abuse would keep happening for years and years and years, there's only so much a human being can take."
Of his pal, the "Nails, Hair, Hips, Heels" singer further raved, "He was just somebody who always supported me. He was also kind and down to earth. He came over my house a couple of times and we shot TikTok videos together."
tWitch became the DJ on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" in 2014. He was then made a co-executive producer on the show in 2020.
The "So You Think You Can Dance" judge was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a room at the Oak Tree Motel on December 13, 2022. Following his shocking death, Ellen penned a tribute to him as she shared that she was "heartbroken."
"I'm heartbroken. tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart. I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children - Weslie, Maddox, and Zaia," the 64-year-old TV personality tweeted at the time.