Another day, another catastrophic YouTuber fallout that spans across every platform for the foreseeable future.
Allow us to explain: earlier this week, infamous YouTuber Trisha Paytas announced that they would be leaving the Frenemies podcast, which they co-host with fellow YouTuber and close friend, Ethan Klein.
And my god, has it gotten messy.
Trisha Paytas leaves Frenemies podcast
In a video entitled ‘stepping down from frenemies’, Paytas announced the decision to leave the podcast was due to conflicts about creative and financial ownership over the show, which couldn’t be resolved.
The conflict played out in real time during the final minutes of the latest episode of Frenemies, which sees escalating tension between the two before Trisha walks off set.
And that’s that, right? Paytas and Klein amicably decided to leave everything at that, and they simply and quietly parted ways, with no further discourse occurring.
Kidding, these are YouTubers after all! What has happened since includes endless ‘receipts’, disturbing reports of anti-semitism, countless videos and a very public and ongoing argument between Paytas and Klein.
Ethan Klein’s response to Trisha Paytas leaving the show
Ethan initially responded to Trisha’s video, stating he was “honestly gutted” at their departure.
The discourse continued to heat up, leading Ethan to respond again, stepping in for, he says, the safety and wellbeing of the crew. In since-deleted tweets, Ethan stated he was “starting to get upset about all of this”.
"Our crew is getting hate from Trisha’s fans on their personal accounts and I am losing my cool. The crew has done nothing but support [Trisha] and work their asses off every week and the treatment they get is unacceptable."
"While Trisha keeps complaining about money, every single cent I’ve ever made from Frenemies is tied up in Frenemies merch that doesn’t come out for another month – of which [Trisha] will still get 50 percent of the profits," he continued. "Paid for, designed, produced by us. And I am treating [Trisha] unfairly…"
Internet punters from all sides of the argument began weighing in, and Twitter began to implode. The drama is convoluted, but the core disagreement still revolves around disputes over pay, creative control, and treatment of the Frenemies crew. Klein alleged that Trisha spoke poorly about the crew and wanted them all fired, a claim that Trisha vehemently denied.
Ethan took to the Frenemies YouTube channel, posting a video entitled “Regarding Trisha quitting Frenemies”, in which he attempts to debunk Trisha’s claims of mistreatment, but generally tries and shows his support for them in the future.
“As a friend, I have come to love and appreciate Trisha,” Klein said. "I want to say that everything I say now is under the lens of appreciation and love for Trisha and not at all trying to burn a bridge, but more just trying to defend myself or set the record straight in some ways. With Trisha, [they] put me in these tough situations where I'm losing no matter what."
Trisha Paytas responds to Ethan Klein YouTube video
It’s safe to say Ethan’s comments haven’t been received well. Trisha’s response spanned out over several (read: a metric fuck-tonne) of tweets, plus extremely length videos, eliciting the response, “bestie I’m simply not watching all of that” from most of the Internet.
Their YouTube channel feels like a chaotic rollercoaster right now, starting with their “stepping down from frenemies” video, then subsequent videos entitled “one more thing”, “i’m sorry” and then a TRILOGY of YouTube videos called “ethan’s lies” part 1, 2 and 3. I might need to lie down.
Those following along at home are desperately saying, “babe, just log off. PLEASE.”
I’ll keep you across further developments as they (inevitably) roll in.
Meanwhile, in a move that nobody asked for, disgraced YouTuber Shane Dawson has taken a moment to announce he will be returning to his channel. I’ve had just about enough.
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