How So You Think You Can Dance Handled Leah Remini Replacing Fired Judge Matthew Morrison In Milestone 300th Episode

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So You Think You Can Dance judge Leah Remini

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How SYTYCD Welcomed Leah Remini

Even though So You Think You Can Dance didn’t explicitly acknowledge Morrison’s departure or give him a goodbye, there was some fanfare for the arrival of Leah Remini. The King of Queens actress who has spoken out about her experiences with Scientology doesn’t come to the show with an extensive dance background like JoJo Siwa (who had to defend her qualifications for SYTYCD on social media) and tWitch, although she did compete in Season 17 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and she would later return as a guest host and divisive guest judge. Cat Deeley gave her the warm welcome, saying:

Finally, joining us for the first time, Emmy-winning actress, producer, author, and dance enthusiast – we are thrilled to welcome Leah Remini.


Leah Remini didn’t hold back in her commentary on the dancers in her first outing as a SYTYCD judge, sometimes agreeing with her fellow judges while sometimes vehemently disagreeing. There can be no doubt that she’s enthusiastic about her new role, and it should be interesting to see how she settles in now that the show has settled on the Top 12. 

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How SYTYCD Celebrated 300 Episodes

The episode wasn’t a grand extravaganza that spent the whole hour celebrating the milestone, but there were moments throughout the episode building up to a big surprise. After Cat Deeley announced that SYTYCD has run for over 1000 performances and accumulated 71 Emmy nominations (with 17 wins), the commercial breaks were bookended by videos of celebrities celebrating the show, including Ken Jeong, Jason Derulo, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Jennifer Lopez, and Enrique Iglesias. 

The biggest acknowledgement that this was a truly special episode came at the end, after the audience votes were tallied and four dancers were singled out. As far as they knew, it was the end of the road for two of them, and the Top 12 would be knocked down to the Top 10 by the time the final credits rolled. But there was no bad news on the night of the 300th episode! After tWitch built up the suspense about which two dancers were being eliminated, he dropped the big reveal:

We have made a decision, and… nobody’s going home tonight! It’s the 300th episode!


All of the dancers in the Top 12 will go on to dance at least one more time, and what better way to end such a huge milestone than with some good news for some incredibly talented dancers? It was an eventful hour of television all around, with Leah Remini replacing Matthew Morrison while the competition picked up and they celebrated 300 episodes. 

The milestone celebrations presumably won’t continue as Season 17 keeps going, but Leah Remini isn’t going anywhere. See which dancers have what it takes to stick around with new episodes of So You Think You Can Dance on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET on Fox, and check out our 2022 TV premiere schedule for some more viewing options now and in the coming weeks. 



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