HOLLYWOOD, Ala. — So You Think You Can Dance is about to get another shakeup in the judges' seats. Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy were out before SYTYCD Season 17 started. Steven "tWitch" Boss, JoJo Siwa, and Matthew Morrison had barely settled into their seats when their seats changed, with Leah Remini replacing Morrison after Morrison failed to follow 'competition production protocols'.
While FOX has not stated specifically what that means, what we do know is that Remini will make her first appearance on June 15, which is also the show's 300th episode. "I am thrilled to join So You Think You Can Dance on its milestone 300th episode,” said Remini. “I look forward to guiding these incredibly talented artists through this competition as a fan of the show and a great admirer of dancers. I can't wait to see the artistry that the contestants bring to the stage!” Remini competed on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars in 2013, finishing fifth with partner Tony Dovolani. She also served as a guest co-host and guest judge on the series in later seasons.
“Having the opportunity to be a judge on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ was an incredible honor for me," said the departing Morrison, "Therefore, it is my deepest regret to inform you that I will be leaving the show. After filming the audition rounds for the show and completing the selection of the 12 finalists, I did not follow competition production protocols, preventing me from being able to judge the competition fairly,” Morrison said in the statement. “I cannot apologize enough to all involved and I will be watching alongside you all on what I know will be one of the best seasons yet.”
Presenter and author Cat Deeley continues to host the dance competition series.