An eerie video has surfaced of a former executive producer of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” standing in front of DJ Stephen “tWitch” Boss — who was found Tuesday after he died by suicide — and telling the show’s crew, “Don’t keep within the pain,” because the talk show wrapped last spring.
“Keep one another close, don’t keep within the pain, talk over with someone — anyone,” then-EP Andy Lassner is seen urging gathered staff within the haunting clip, posted to Instagram Wednesday by Johanna Fuentes, a former senior communications executive at Warner Bros.
The short video shows Lassner in front of Boss and fellow showrunner Mary Connelly, addressing the forged and crew following the taping of the ultimate episode, which aired in May.
Boss, 40, was found Tuesday by a maid on the Oak Tree Inn in Encino, California, after he missed his checkout. Hotel staffers told TMZ that Boss “didn’t look like in any form of distress and wasn’t visibly upset about anything.”
An autopsy conducted by the Los Angeles Medical Examiner determined that Boss — who had checked into the hotel lower than a mile from his home on Monday — died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the pinnacle.
Within the resurfaced video, Lassner alluded to the heavy toll the top of the long-running show could tackle his colleagues.
“It’s a life change and we’re all going through it,” Lassner told staff within the now-forboding clip, which was shot through the star-studded, “emotional” finale of the controversial series.
For years, DeGeneres’ talk show was stricken by allegations of a “toxic” work environment, and the host faced a string of negative workplace allegations, for which she subsequently apologized.
“It’s OK to be sad and to succeed in out to one another because no person knows this exact experience apart from the individuals who work here,” Lassner continued within the clip, adding that the group “went through it together” and “needs to be proud” of the work produced on the show over its 19-year run.
In her caption for the video, Fuentes said she was “devastated” by Boss’ passing and called him “an immense talent who brought joy to each room he walked into.”
She also echoed Lassner’s words: “As Andy said it best because the show wrapped – let’s keep one another close. Don’t keep within the pain, talk over with someone. Anyone.”
Boss’ wife, Allison Holker, 34, confirmed her husband’s passing Wednesday in a heartfelt statement obtained by The Post.
“It’s with the heaviest of hearts that I actually have to share my husband Stephen has left us,” Holker said. “Stephen lit up every room he stepped into. He valued family, friends and community above all else and leading with love and lightweight was every thing to him. He was the backbone of our family, one of the best husband and father, and an inspiration to his fans.”
When Boss went missing, Holker reportedly ran frantically into an LAPD station, saying her husband had left home without his automobile, which she claimed was unlike him, in line with law enforcement sources. Police were later called a few shooting on the LA hotel, where Boss was discovered with a gunshot wound.
Ellen DeGeneres is joined by Stephen “tWitch” Boss in an episode of “Ellen’s Game of Games.”Mike Rozman/Warner Brothers//NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
DeGeneres also expressed that she was “heartbroken” over the lack of her longtime friend, whom she has supported since he was on the fact competition “So You Think You Can Dance.”
“tWitch was pure love and lightweight. He was my family, and I loved him with all my heart,” said DeGeneres, who hired him as her show’s DJ in 2014. He was promoted to an executive producer in 2020 and stayed on until the embattled finale aired last spring.
When you or someone you already know is affected by any of the problems raised on this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.