Ellen DeGeneres’ Talk Show DJ Twitch Has Tragically Died

By Jessica Scott | Updated

Stephen “tWitch” Boss, the DJ from actress and tv host Ellen Degeneres’ talk show, has died by suicide. TMZ reported on December 14 that the 40-year-old DJ/dancer was found dead shortly after the LAPD sent officers to investigate a shooting in a Los Angeles hotel room. Allison Holker, Stephen “tWitch” Boss’ wife, reportedly ran into a police station in LA on Tuesday, December 13th to make a report.

According to police, she was “frantic” because tWitch had left the house without his car, which was highly unusual for Ellen Degeneres’ go-to music man. Not long after this incident, officers were called about a shooting in a nearby hotel. When they arrived on the scene, they found the body of Stephen “tWitch” Boss. His wound was classified as self-inflicted. 

Stephen “tWitch” Boss rose to fame when he became the DJ for the long-running Ellen Degeneres Show in 2014. He became an executive producer in 2020 and remained a big part of the show until it ended its run in May 2022 amid allegations of a toxic working environment. His career actually started before that, however.

He was a semifinalist on The Wade Robinson Project on MTV and a runner-up on Star Search in 2003. He then appeared on So You Think You Can Dance in 2008. Stephen “tWich” Boss placed second in the competition that year and his dance skills caught the attention of some major Hollywood movie makers even before he became a household name through his gig on Ellen Deneneres’ show. 

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Stephen “tWitch” Boss

Stephen “tWitch” Boss appeared in several dance-related films before and during his run on The Ellen Degeneres Show, including Blades of Glory and Hairspray, the former of which was an uncredited role. He then appeared in Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Step Up: Revolution and Step Up: All In, all of which are continuations of the Step Up series made famous by fellow dancer Channing Tatum. He also appeared in another Channing Tatum film, Magic Mike XXL, as Malik, with his final role being the father in 2022’s The Hip Hop Nutcracker

Stephen “tWitch” Boss married Allison Holker on December 10, 2013. They were both alumni of So You Think You Can Dance and held their wedding at judge, creator, and producer Nigel Lythgoe’s vineyard/winery in Paso Robles, California. The couple has two children together, Maddox Laurel, born in 2016, and Zaia, born in 2019. tWitch also legally adopted Holker’s daughter from a previous relationship, Weslie Renae.

The couple’s love was so inspiring that they were asked to host Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings in 2017 and 2018. The series was made to showcase the magical weddings and engagements of couples at Disney theme parks and other destinations, like Disneyland, Walt Disney World, Aulani, and on Disney’s cruise line.

Stephen “tWitch” Boss returned many times to So You Think You Can Dance, and became a permanent judge in 2022. He is perhaps best known, though, for the time he spent on Ellen Degeneres’ talk show, where he helped her to get the audience on their feet and dancing, which, as one can see from his impressive resume, was his true passion in life.