jojo siwa ready to replace Nigel Lithgow but as a judge so you Think You Can Dance After Lithgow was accused of sexual harassment.
Fox issued a press release on Friday, January 26, announcing that Siwa, 20, will return for season 18 of the dance competition series, after appearing as a judge on season 17, which premieres Monday, January 4. Will happen on March. Alison Holker And Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will complete the panel. cat dillywho has hosted the show since 2006 will return as MC.
Siwa’s addition to the season 18 lineup comes on the heels of Lithgow, 74, exiting the series in the wake of multiple sexual harassment lawsuits. us weekly Lithgow, who served as judge and executive producer, was confirmed in December 2023. SYTYCD The lawsuit was being filed since its premiere in 2005 Paula Abdul,
In court documents obtained by Rolling stoneAbdul, 61, claimed Lithgow attacked him several times over the years while the pair were working together American Idol And SYTYCD,
Abdul’s lawsuit alleges that Lithgow “verbally berated and humiliated” her before taking her away. American Idol gig and he continued to bully her during the singing competition series. It also claims that he sexually assaulted her in the hotel lift during the journey statue Audition. (He did not say when the alleged incident occurred.)
“Abdul tried to push Lithgow away from him. When the elevator doors opened for him, Abdul ran out of the elevator toward his hotel room,” court documents read. “Abdul immediately called one of his deputies crying and informed them of the attack.”
following his timing statueAbdul joined the judging panel for some time so you Think You Can Dance, Elsewhere in the lawsuit, it is claimed that she witnessed Lithgow sexually assaulting one of his assistants without her consent.
Lithgow has denied the allegations. “To say that I am shocked and saddened by the allegations made against me by Paula Abdul would be an understatement,” he said in a statement to Us last month. “For more than two decades, Paula and I have interacted as dear – and entirely idealistic – friends and colleagues. However, suddenly yesterday, I became aware of these claims in the press and I want to be clear: not only are they false, but they are extremely offensive to me and everything I stand for.
He added, “Although Paula’s history of erratic behavior is well known, I cannot pretend to understand exactly why she would file a lawsuit that she should know is false. But I can promise that I will fight this terrible stigma with everything I have.”
Earlier this month, a second lawsuit was filed against Lithgow by two contestants from the 2003 competition series all american girl, Both women had accused him of trying to forcibly kiss them after a wrap party in 2003.