Matthew Morrison leaves So You Think You Can Dance for violating 'competition protocols'

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Matthew Morrison is out as a So You Think You Can Dance judge because he failed to adhere to competition protocols.

The Glee star and Broadway veteran joined dancers Stephen "tWitch" Boss and Jojo Siwa as a judge for the show's 17th season, which premiered on 18 May.

However, he has now departed the role.

"Having the opportunity to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance was an incredible honour for me," Matthew said in a statement. "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.

"I cannot apologise enough to all involved and I will be watching alongside you all on what I know will be one of the best seasons yet."

Two more pre-taped episodes will feature Matthew as a judge, with the So You Think You Can Dance team to name a new judge for the next stage of the competition - beginning on 15 June.

Fox, which produces the show, declined to comment on the nature of Matthew's competition violation.

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