Todrick Hall says his friend Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss was pressured to quit Ellen DeGeneres‘ show after her toxic workplace scandal erupted last year.
Hall told Page Six that Boss, who died by suicide last month, was under a lot of pressure because of his boss’s “toxic workplace” scandal.
DeGeneres’ show was rocked by allegations that she created an unsafe environment for heterosexual staffers.
Some of the online criticism was directed at Boss, a Black man who was forced to choose between DeGeneres and his conscience.
“People were looking at him like, ‘Why are you still supporting this woman,'” Hall told Page Six. The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” judge speculated that the criticism may have contributed to Boss’s depression.
“I don’t know what was going on in his life that may [have led] him to make that decision but I do understand. Right now when I get online some days like right now, if I was in the wrong position of where this abuse would keep happening for years and years and years, there’s only so much a human being can take.”
Others said Boss was just beginning to live his true authentic self when he took his own life in a seedy motel room on Dec. 13. He was 40.
“He was just somebody who always supported me,” said Hall who is openly gay. “He was also kind and down to earth. He came over my house a couple of times and we shot TikTok videos together.”
Boss and his widow Allison Holker shared two children, Maddox, 6, and Zaia, 3. He also adopted Holker’s daughter Weslie, 14, from a previous relationship.