Leah Remini is participating So you think you can dance as the show’s newest judge following Matthew Morrison’s resignation last month. Last week, the reality show announced that Remini will appear on the jury of the dance competition along with JoJo Siwa and Stephen “tWitch” Boss starting Wednesday, June 15.
When SYTYCD Going into the live phase this week, Remini will be competing in the long-running Fox competition show. Morrison left the show on May 27 after violating the competition’s production protocols. The first episode of Remini in the jury will also be the milestone of the 300th episode on June 15th.
“I would like to participate So you think you can dance “I look forward to guiding these incredibly talented performers through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers,” Remini said in a statement. I can’t wait to see the artistry that the participants bring to the stage!”
In addition to starring in CBS’ The king of queens and Kevin can waitRemini is nominated for two Emmys for the A&E documentary Scientology and the Aftermath† She also hosts the game show people puzzler on GSN, earning her a Daytime Emmy nomination.
While Remini is not a professional dancer, the Emmy Award winner has competed on ABC’s Dancing with the stars in 2013 finished in fifth place with partner Tony Dovolani. In later seasons, she was a guest judge and co-host of the program.
After Morrison’s departure, reports surfaced that the Broadway star had been fired for misconduct. Last month, a source close to the show told: PEOPLE that Morrison was terminated for his inappropriate relationship with a contestant. “They weren’t having sex, but he reached out to her through flirty direct messages on social media,” the source said. “She was uncomfortable with his comments and went to the producers, who involved Fox. He was fired after they did their own investigation.”
In the words of the source, Morrison and the unidentified female participant “never actually met. It was just messages crossing the line.” Morrison responded to the situation in a video posted on Instagram on June 3. “It’s a real shame that I have to sit here and defend myself and my family against blatantly untrue statements made anonymously, but I have nothing to hide,” he said. “So, in the interest of transparency, I’ll read you the only message I wrote to a dancer on the show.”
He said he sent a single text message that read, “Hey, it’s Matthew. If you don’t mind, I’d love to get your number and talk some things over with you.” He said he contacted the contestant because both were interested in a specific choreographer.
However, judges and contestants who engage in talent shows off-camera are against the rules. After leaving the series, Morrison appeared in two pre-recorded episodes, but he will not appear when the show begins filming live episodes that determine which contestants advance to the next round.