Ellen DeGeneres is opening up about the death of Stephen “tWitch” Boss.
“I’m heartbroken,” DeGeneres, 64, said on Twitter.
“tWitch was pure love and light. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart,” his longtime TV boss added. “I will miss him. Please send your love and support to Allison and his beautiful children — Weslie, Maddox and Zaia.”
The “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant and “Magic Mike XXL” actor was 40, The Post confirmed.
The TV personality was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, TMZ reported.
“It is with the heaviest of hearts that I have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Boss’ wife, Allison Holker, 34, confirmed in a statement to The Post.
Holker — a professional dancer who also appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance” — reportedly ran frantically into an LAPD station, saying her husband had left home without his car, which she claimed was unlike him, according to law enforcement sources.
Police later got a call about a shooting at an LA hotel, where they found Boss.
Boss started as a DJ on DeGeneres’ eponymous daytime series in 2014, eventually being elevated to an executive producer in 2020. He stayed with her until the finale of the embattled show in 2022.
He defended his boss amid widespread allegations of toxicity on the talk show, claiming there was much “love” behind the scenes.
“We can’t speak too much legally about it, but I’ll say this, there’s been love,” he told Us Weekly in 2020. “Obviously there’s some things to address, but from my standpoint and from countless others, there’s been love. I’ll just leave it at that until there’s a time where we can address more publicly. There’s been love, and there will continue to be love.”
Boss is survived by his wife Allison and their three children: Weslie, 14, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3.
“He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and light was everything to him,” Holker said in her statement. “He was the backbone of our family, the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.
“To say he left a legacy would be an understatement, and his positive impact will continue to be felt. I am certain there won’t be a day that goes by that we won’t honor his memory. We ask for privacy during this difficult time for myself and especially for our three children.
“Stephen, we love you, we miss you, and I will always save the last dance for you.”
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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