Stephen “tWitch” Boss, Ellen’s DJ and Co-Host, dead at 40

Stephen tWitch Boss and wife Allison Holker in 2014. By Lex 24 7. Dizzy Feet Gala 2014 Interviews, CC BY 3.0, https


Stephen Laurel “tWitch” Boss (September 29, 1982 – December 13, 2022) was an American freestyle hip hop dancer, choreographer, actor, television producer, and television personality. In 2008, he was the runner-up on the American version of So You Think You Can Dance. From 2014 to the show’s conclusion in 2022, he was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a co-host. He was also featured in Ellen’s Game of Games as a sidekick to DeGeneres. Between 2018 and 2020 he and his wife, Allison Holker, hosted Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings on Freeform and Disney+.

On December 13, 2022, Boss’ wife, Allison Holker, informed officials at the Los Angeles Police Department that he had left their home without his car, which was unusual behavior. Police received a call about a shooting at the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, Los Angeles where Boss was found dead after he failed to check out of the room.


In 2003, Twitch was a semifinalist on MTV’s The Wade Robson Project and a runner-up on the television talent competition Star Search. He choreographed routines for South Korean pop/R&B singer Seven and helped train other YG Entertainment artists including Big Bang. In 2007, he was an uncredited “flamboyant dancer” in Blades of Glory and a Maybelle’s Store Dancer in Hairspray.

After competing in So You Think You Can Dance, Twitch taught dancing at South County Classical Ballet with fellow finalist Katee Shean. On April 30, 2013, he and Allison Holker performed a dance routine on Dancing with the Stars. They danced to “Crystallize” which was performed live by Lindsey Stirling.

Since April 1, 2014, Twitch was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show as a guest DJ. On October 1, 2014, he announced that he had been cast in Magic Mike XXL. On August 17, 2020, he became a co-executive producer of Ellen DeGeneres‘ daytime talk show. Twitch was cast as Marcel X in the upcoming superhero movie Perfectus and later had a feature role in the movie Ushers. He was a member of the dance troupes “Breed OCLA” and “Chill Factor Crew.


On December 10, 2013, Twitch and fellow SYTYCD alum Allison Holker married at Nigel Lythgoe‘s Villa San Juliette Vineyard and Winery in Paso Robles, California. He also adopted Holker’s daughter, Weslie Renae. In March 2016, their son, Maddox Laurel Boss was born. In November 2019, she gave birth to their daughter Zaia.

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