Ethan Klein Would've Preferred If Trisha Paytas Just Called

"It's nice that she's apologising after trying to ruin my life", he said of Trisha's 39-minute apology video.

The classic YouTube wash cycle of drama-apology-response continues unabated, this time with Trisha Paytas and Ethan Klein, former co-hosts of their podcast ‘Frenemies’.

In case you missed it, last month Trisha Paytas – seemingly out of the blue – announced they would be leaving the massively popular podcast. They said their decision to leave was due to conflicts over financial and creative control of the show – which dramatically played out in real time during their final podcast episode.

The next few days saw the whole thing quickly spiral out of control – becoming not just who has control of the show, but also about firing crew, family feuds and claims of lies and manipulation. We won't mince words: it was an utter shitshow.

Trisha Paytas this week uploaded a 39 minute video called “apology to Ethan” where they stated that they “messed up” and “sabotaged another good thing” in their life.

They apologised for not communicating better with Ethan and breaking his trust.

Ethan has now responded to the apology and in short, he’s not ready to move on just yet. And he’s wondering why they didn’t just… call him?

A very rational response in the very public world of quick-fire responses to responses to responses (or as Bo Burnham muses: “backlash to the backlash to the thing that’s just begun.”)

“I need time before I can really move on from this, or to come to some understanding,” Klein said of the situation, while reiterating how deeply stressful it all was.

“She tried to ruin my life, my reputation, my business. Not only that, there’s been a lot of heavy emotions within the family because obviously she's engaged to my brother-in-law… This has far reaching implications with Hila's whole family. It's been very difficult and very stressful."

He goes on to speak about Trisha’s chaotic actions during the fight.

“I can’t risk having someone close to me in my life who was willing to just set out in the public eye and say anything about me when things go a little south,” he said.

“And we’d fought before, but this obviously went to a new degree where she’s posting our text messages, she’s saying I’m a liar, I’m a manipulator.”

Ethan also criticises their use of a public platform to apologise, rather than pick up the phone. He speaks to their use of mid-rolls in the apology video, which are advertisements during a video that YouTubers profit off. And honestly, fair enough. YouTubers profiting off their drama always feels wrong. 

“While I appreciate the apology, it would have been nice to get an apology where I didn’t have to watch 10 mid-rolls to get it,” he says.

He goes on to sarcastically say: “This apology is brought to you by Walmart,” which I honestly love.

He had a laugh about Trisha Paytas using the video to also have a jab at their long-time enemy Gabbie Hanna.

“Trisha – are you apologising to me? Why are we talking about Gabbie Hannah not putting in a food request?”

Ethan states that while he appreciates the apology, he’s not ready to move on.

“I’m sure there’ll be a time and place where we reconcile, but I’m not ready for that yet.”

Trisha initially responded with – you guessed it – receipts, screenshots and personal jabs, because is it a true YouTuber apology if nothing actually changes? 

They then went through and deleted all their response Tweets, writing in a Tweet (that they also immediately deleted):

“Deleted the tweets. I do want all of this to be over. And I won’t make anymore responses on any platform regarding the situation.”

Too bad that internet punters are way too quick with their screenshot commands. Yep, nothing ever truly leaves the internet and this is a cross we all must bear.

Anyway, you’re welcome! You no longer have to watch one hour and 49 minute response to a 39 minute apology. Unless you’d like to, which you can do below.

Words by Dani Leever, a writer and homosexual pop culture enthusiast. Find their words at @danileever or catch their gay DJ drag adventures at @djgaydad.

More Frenemies stuff:

Trisha Paytas Has Apologised To Ethan Klein For Their Podcast Feud

If You Have Logged Off The Internet For Five Minutes Then The Trisha Paytas ‘Frenemies’ Feud Has Drastically Changed

Why Did Trisha Paytas Quit The Frenemies Podcast?

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