Todrick Hall recalls how working for Ellen DeGeneres affected Stephen Boss’ well-being.
After DJ Stephen Boss of The Ellen DeGeneres Show committed suicide last month, his friend Todrick Hall spoke about how working on the show affected his well-being.
Speaking to Page Six for an interview published Wednesday, Todrick claimed that Stephen was under pressure because of Ellen DeGeneres’ “toxic workplace” scandal prior to his death.
“People looked at him like, ‘Why are you still supporting this woman,'” Todrick recalled, “and I think he was under a lot of pressure.”
He continued, “I don’t know what was going on in his life that led him to make that decision, but I do understand. Right now, when I’m online some days like now, if I were in the wrong position where this abuse would continue to happen for years and years and years, there’s only so much a human being can handle.
Todrick said of Stephen in general, ‘He was just someone who always supported me. He was also nice and down to earth.
“He came to my house a few times and we made TikTok videos together.”
Stephen was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room on December 13. Authorities concluded that the DJ and television producer had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 40 years old.
Just days earlier, the DJ and his 34-year-old wife, Allison Holker, celebrated their ninth wedding anniversary. The pair, who met while filming the reality TV dance competition So You Think You Can Dance, shared three children: Weslie, 14, Maddox, six, and Zaia, three.