Trisha Paytas resigns from the ‘Frenemies’ podcast following a feud with a frenemy
Thus ends the notion of keeping your friends close and your adversaries closer.
Trisha Paytas, a YouTube sensation, is “resigning” from the popular weekly podcast “Frenemies” following a disagreement over the show’s conduct. The nonbinary podcast host, who uses the pronouns they and them, revealed the news Tuesday in a YouTube video that has already garnered over 1.5 million views.
“I have this gut feeling that I need to step away from ‘Frenemies,’ ” said Paytas, 33, who has co-hosted the H3H3 Productions podcast with Ethan Klein since the two co-founded it in September 2020.
Paytas’ announcement follows a disagreement during Monday night’s episode of the podcast, during which they and their co-host argued about the show’s production, according to Insider.
Paytas had referred to a new podcast segment as “lazy” and “dumb,” prompting Klein to counter that the production crew does “the majority of the work” on “Frenemies,” while his podcast partner “just shows up.” Paytas, who is reportedly engaged to Klein’s brother-in-law, artist Moses Hacmon, suggested that their value stems from their ability to bring timely topics to the show.
The altercation quickly escalated into a dispute over production costs, the show’s location, and advertising revenue.
Needless to say, the “Frenemies” production crew was less than pleased with Paytas’ comments and, per the announcement, ceased recording the podcast for the week.
Despite the heated exchange on-air, Paytas maintains that the on-air altercation was not the catalyst for their resignation. Rather than that, they desired a 50/50 partnership in which both hosts contributed equally to production and set costs.
“I feel as though I contributed half of ‘Frenemies,’” Paytas stated in the video.
In a comment beneath the video, the internet personality elaborated on her decision, adding that they also quit to “ease the tension everywhere.”
“I don’t want to be a source of toxicity in their machine,” Paytas wrote, adding that the show is “no longer beneficial to my mental health.”
The statement concluded, “It could be my own brain attacking me, but for now, all I need to do is completely disengage.” Without a doubt, this is the most difficult decision I’ve ever made. and it was unquestionably the most successful endeavor I’ve ever been a part of, so it’s with a heavy heart that I’m unable to continue.”
Klein responded to Paytas’ resignation announcement on Twitter with a seemingly sarcastic reference to their on-air altercation, writing “Happy #NationalBestFriendsDay.”
However, it appears as though they are not “Frenemies” in real life, as the host has since expressed regret over his ex-departure. colleague’s
“Trisha’s video this morning took me completely by surprise,” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m not sure what else I can say or do. I apologize to all fans of frenemies; I understand how much it meant to everyone and did everything humanly possible to save it.”
Klein described the show as a “beautiful experiment” in a follow-up post several hours later, adding that Paytas “has been a dear friend of mine throughout, and I’ll always be grateful for everything she’s done for us.”