The SYTYCD judges leave the show just a week after the Season 17 premiere. Matthew Morrison will no longer be a judge on the Fox reality show So You Think You Can Dance.

Tony Award-nominated 43-year-old Broadway star

The 43-year-old Broadway star, nominated for a Tony Award, has kicked out of a dance competition series after not following “contest production protocol”. It was an incredible honor for me to have the opportunity to be a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. Therefore, I am deeply sorry to inform you that I will be leaving the show,” Morrison said in a statement shared with PEOPLE on Friday.

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After Completing the selection of 12 finalists

He said, “After filming the audition round for the show and completing the selection of 12 finalists. I didn’t follow competition production protocol. That would prevent me from judging the competition fairly.” I can’t apologize for enough to everyone involved and I’m watching with you all. Which I know will be one of the best seasons ever.” The Glee alum leaves the series just a week after the premiere of Season 17, which airs May 18.

Violation of protocol not Explained further

According to Entertainment Weekly, most of this season’s episodes already taped. Morrison likely appear in episodes by mid-June, adding that the competition expected to bring in his replacement for the second half of filming.

Morrison part of a new panel of judges for season 17

Cat Deeley is returning as host this season. March that he “said no” for another season after the show was lifted from a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. Morrison part of a new panel of judges for Season 17 that replaced Nigel Lithgow, and Mary Murphy with JoJo Siwa and Stephen “Twitch” Boss.

America’s Young Aspiring Dance Talent

“I’m so thrilled that America’s young aspiring, dancing talent will get the chance to work with some of our greatest creative choreographers,” he said on Twitter. On a personally sad note, I have not asked to join the judging panel this season. Other stars who have previously judged with Lithgow include Adam Shankman, Vanessa Hudgens, Maddie Ziegler, Jason Derulo, and Paula Abdul.

Dancing series-opening Episodes

As is the case with many reality competition shows, the opening episodes of the dancing series are all predetermined. So Morrison will still appear on the show until mid-June. A source told EW that a new judge is expected to be brought in in time for the next part of the contest, which begins June 15.An announcement regarding Morrison’s successor is expected shortly.