Andy Lassner, the former Ellen DeGeneres Show producer paid tribute to the late Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss, who was a DJ on the show. He called Boss”everyone’s friend” on Instagram on Friday after the former’s tragic suicide earlier this week.
“So many people on social media are posting pictures of themselves with Twitch. Talking about their close friendships with him,” he wrote alongside a black and white photo of Boss. “Talking about the texts they exchanged with him just last week. Talking about the conversation they once had with him. The thing is – it’s all true. It’s all real.”
“Those who knew him are not trying to make this tragedy about themselves. They are just trying to convey to you who Twitch was,” he continued. “He made everything about you. He made you feel like the most important person in the world. And he did this for everybody. Not just the people he needed or that were ‘important’. He did it for everybody. It doesn’t sound real. But it is. All of it.”
Lassner recalled the positive energy of Boss on set when he had the opportunity to work with him and his remarkable way of making every person feel important and loved.
“He was everyone’s friend. He really did care for every single person who worked at the show and everyone in his life,” he said. “And the thing is if you met him just once – you felt that feeling. That light. That’s why I think you and I are hurting. Because we all counted on him. He was our flame. Our joy. Our dancer.”
The executive producer encouraged people to carry out the legacy that the professional dancer left behind.
“There was a heavy burden that none of us realized he was carrying. He must have been so tired,” he wrote. “But we didn’t know because he never wanted it to be about him. Ever. So now we can either spend all of our time wondering why and how and never being satisfied with the answers we imagine. Or we can focus on being grateful for the gift he gave us by allowing us to take light from his flame.”
He added in the end: “The thing is that light still burns in us. All of us. Let’s try and share that light with the people we love. It’s really all we can do. And that’s enough. It’s more than enough.”