Trisha Paytas Announces Departure From Frenemies Podcast After Ownership Disputes
Trisha Paytas is leaving Frenemies after a contentious on-air discussion about ownership of the podcast.
Trisha Kay Paytas, a YouTube star who is also the co-host of the popular podcast "Frenemies," tearfully announced in a video on Tuesday that they would be stepping down as co-host.
Paytas, 33, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronouns "they" and "them," hosted the H3H3 Productions podcast with Ethan Klein in September 2020.
Trisha Paytas to leave the popular podcast Frenemies after a contentious on-air discussion with Ethan Klein about ownership of the podcast.
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Video announcing the stepping down from the podcast came after a disagreement that occurred during the Frenemies' recent episode. In the clip, they said the production crew expressed that they were unhappy with Paytas' conduct during the last attack of "Frenemies," and the team would pause recording the show for the week.
After Trisha Paytas announced their departure from Frenemies, Klein tweeted that the video came as a total surprise, and he didn't know what to do with 4,000 frenemies hoodies. He even wrote he doesn't know what he can say or do. Ethan knew how much the podcast meant to everyone, and he did everything he could to save it.
YouTube star Paytas' announcement of their departure follows an on-air debate over their work ethic, as well as the podcast's production costs and ownership. However, Paytas said that the new part of the podcast, which is planned to be introduced this week, is dumb and makes the podcast look lazy.
Klein responded to the statement by saying that the crew for H3H3 Productions, which Klein and his wife, Hila Klein own, does most of the work for Frenemies while Paytas shows up. Trisha replied that Klein "recycles" topics between the H3H3 Podcast's other YouTube programming and "Frenemies."
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She said the H3H3 Podcast crew brings ideas that "aren't that great" to "Frenemies" and said they didn't get input in hiring decisions for the staff.
Paytas said they wanted the show to be a 50/50 partnership the two built together from the ground up, including pitching in costs for the set and production. "I do feel like I contributed half to 'Frenemies,'" Paytas said.
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