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Ethan Klein left "gutted" over Trisha Paytas' shock departure from Frenemies podcast

Trisha left the episode and cast after feeling left out of key creative and staffing decisions.
Ethan Klein left "gutted" over Trisha Paytas' shock departure from Frenemies podcast

H3H3's Ethan Klein has apologised to fans and spoke of how "gutted" he was after learning of co-host Trisha Paytas' shock departure from their hit podcast, Frenemies.

The duo has made 39 episodes all in, going back to September of last year, but it looks like the latest episode is their last after Trisha Paytas' revealed they were left "frustrated" over key creative decisions and staff hires.

The differences between the pair were there for all to see in the last 10 minutes of what may well be the final episode, with both accusing the other of "gaslighting" as they discussed the arrangement under which they worked.

Trish Paytas Ethan Klein(Picture: H3H3 Productions)

A key put of disagreement being Trisha Paytas feeling that the podcast was a joint endeavour which would include having a say in who was hired. Ethan's argument was that the deal Trisha Paytas had with H3H3 Productions was a "fair one" and ultimately crew and creative decisions were his to make. The show closed with Trisha Paytas pleading for the episode to end.

Trisha announced they were leaving the podcast the next day via a video posted to their YouTube channel.

"I really felt I built this show with them, 50/50," explained Trishas. "I think the biggest thing for me is the crew issue [...] I don't feel comfortable walking into something that Ethan's built, I thought Frenemies was something that we were building together."

Trisha Paytas frenemies podcast Ethan KleinTrisha was clearly emotional announcing they would no longer be a part of Frenemies. (Picture: Trisha Paytas)

Now Ethan has had his say, claiming that Trisha's decision to leave the show and her video was a "total surprise".

"I am honestly gutted over this whole thing," wrote Ethan. "Trisha's video this morning was a total surprise to me. I don't really know what more I can say or do. I'm very sorry to all the fans of frenemies, I know how much it meant to everyone, I did everything I humanly could to save it."

Those attempts to save it were alluded to by Trisha in their video, in which she claimed that a vlog to be filmed today was called off after the crew felt insulted by their actions the previous day.

It's clear that Trisha clearly felt they were on the outside looking in, rather than part of a team -- and that fact became too much to deal with.


Banner image courtesy of H3H3 Productions.