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'Ellen' Show Toxic Workplace Scandal Took A Toll On Stephen 'tWitch' Boss

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By MLC on January 26, 2023 at 11:30 PM EST

Stephen “tWitch” Boss’ friend sheds light on what may have contributed to his decision to take his own life.

Social media star Todrick Hall is shedding light on what he believes may have influenced tWitch’s death.

“TheReal Friends of WeHo” star spoke to Page Six about his late friend and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” toxic workplace scandal.

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Ellen's Toxic Workplace Scandal Affected Stephen "tWitch" Boss

tWitch on Ellen DeGeneres Show
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The scandal went down in 2020 and absolutely kicked the show’s “Be Kind” motto off of its legs.

A number of anonymous employees came forward and accused the ‘Ellen Show’ of allowing an on-set culture of “racism, fear and intimidation.”

As you can imagine, the toxic workplace accusations spread like wildfire on the internet and many came after tWitch for standing by Ellen DeGeneres.

“People were looking at him like, ‘Why are you still supporting this woman’,” Hall said “and I think he was under a lot of pressure.”

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tWitch Faced Backlash For Standing By Ellen

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While Hall isn’t positive this is the sole reason tWitch chose to take his own life, he believes it could have contributed to his friend’s state of mind in the months leading up to his death.

tWitch died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head last month.

“I don’t know what was going on in his life that may [have led] him to make that decision but I do understand. 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,” Hall admitted.

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The reality TV star recently opened up about the online backlash he received following the premiere of “The Real Friends of WeHo.”

In the past, Hall has been accused of not paying his backup dancers and being extremely rude in person.

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Todrick Hall Admits Online Hate Is Very Hard On Mental Health

Taylor Swift’s friend took to Twitter and shared a multi-page handwritten note.

“Dear Friends, Family and Fans, Tonight a new show I’m a part of ‘The Real Friends of WeHo’ premieres on MTV. This is very bitter sweet for me because while I’m very proud of the work we all did, I have to mentally prepare myself for the insane influx of hate that comes my way,” his note began. “It is extremely difficult to stay grounded and remember that most of the people saying hate Don’t personally know me or see me as human.”

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His note continued to touch on mental health and the toll being a celebrity figure can take on one’s mental health.

“Being queer is still hard, even in 2023, and trying to be a public figure in this space adds more difficulty. Mental health is a very real thing, even for celebs,” he explained. “I love my dancers, I was a dancer only my entire career until 2010. I have never NOT paid a dancer I promised payment to… EVER!”

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Given that Hall has an extensive background in dancing as did tWtich, the two collaborated multiple times on TikTok.

“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,” Hall recalled of his friend.

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