Between 2014 and 2022, Ellen DeGeneres and Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss worked side-by-side on The Ellen DeGeneres Show – Ellen as host and tWitch as resident DJ. The two formed quite the entertaining duo as millions of people tuned in each week to watch one of the longest-running talk shows of all time.
When the show came to an end last year – the final episode airing on May 26, 2022, after an incredible 19 seasons – Ellen was forced to say goodbye to a team that has stood by her side for nearly two decades. And while tWitch was only there for nine of those years, the bond the two formed was unbreakable.
That bond was tested on December 13, 2022, when tWitch’s wife, Allison Holker, notified police of strange behavior by her husband – leaving her worried. He was later found dead in a motel room, accompanied by a suicide note. He was just 40 years old at the time of his death, leaving behind a wife and three kids.
On Monday, Ellen DeGeneres honored her late colleague by sharing a video of the two talking about the impact her show has had on the millions of people that tune in daily. The clip, taken from the ‘farewell’ episode, is four minutes long and features a lot of touching and heartwarming messages from the duo.
“I think what I’m feeling most of all is grateful and thankful that, I mean, you can see this atmosphere that is here that has shown up because you also had the courage to step out and be your authentic self,” said tWitch when asked how he’s feeling about the show coming to an abrupt end after 19 seasons.
Ellen DeGeneres went on to explain how her and tWitch end every work day by saying they love each other – calling the ‘atmosphere’ a ‘family.’ “I am proud of this, but I’m proud of the family and the team that we have put together here. And 19 years, it’s crazy to think that this is it,” Ellen continued in the video.
The video has been seen by more than 1.3 million people over the past two days – but it’s a moment that millions of people shared at the time of the episode airing. “I will forever be grateful that the show ended with tWitch by my side,” Ellen wrote in the caption. The comments section was bursting with memories.
Ellen DeGeneres Also Expressed Her Gratitude for tWitch on Instagram
Ellen DeGeneres’ touching clip that she shared on Twitter wasn’t the first time she paid tribute to her late colleague and it certainly won’t be her last. Much like anyone that knew tWitch or was impacted by him in any capacity, Ellen has had a hard time getting over his death and has been open about her feelings.
“The past 11 days have been really tough for everyone. Everyone is in pain and trying to make sense of it – we’ll never make sense of it. And the holidays are hard I think, anyway, but to honor tWitch, I think the best thing that we can do is to laugh and hug each other,” she said in a heartfelt Insta video last week.
She urged her fans – and his fans – to honor him the best way we know how, which is by doing the things he loved to do – dancing, laughing, smiling, music, playing games, etc. She wants to see more hugging, telling each other we love each other, letting people know we’re there for them, and checking in on others.
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“So, happy holidays everybody – I know it’s not a happy holiday, but he was pure light as everybody in the comments said. If you knew him, you knew that, if you didn’t know him, you saw that. Let’s honor him and think about him, and send love to one another,” she concluded in a somber and heart-wrenching tone.
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