The latest in a series of celebrity cheating scandals is super complicated and involves the Try Guys. These four guys used to have videos on Buzzfeed where they — you guessed it — tried things, and they later split off from Buzzfeed, paying for their name and setting up their own shop. Of the four founding guys, Ned Fulmer was the “wife guy” of the bunch, handled HR for the company, and his wife, Ariel, was one of the “Try Wives” and deeply intertwined in the business.
The timeline is complicated, but the gist is Ned has now been fired after infidelity accusations. Why, you ask, was a man fired from his job for being a cheater? Well, because he was cheating with one of his subordinates, a woman employed by the production company. And the rest of the guys are taking a week off the podcast to regroup.
The Try Guys are taking some time off.
Following the announcement that Ned Fulmer would no longer be a part of the group after infidelity accusations, the remaining members announced that they will be taking part in a brief hiatus from their podcast.
“The TryPod will be taking a week off, and returning next week on Oct 6.,” a tweet from the group, whose members now include Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld and Eugene Lee Yang, reads. “We wanted to take some time to formulate our thoughts before recording the episode. Thanks for being patient.”
TryPod is the group’s weekly podcast where they recap their experiences trying different things.
“In this weekly podcast they dissect their experiences as internet creators and best friends who have made a living failing upwards,” a description of the show reads.
The Try Guys was first formed in 2014 when the four founders worked for BuzzFeed. They eventually left the media giant and started their own production company, 2nd Try LLC.
Earlier this week, the group released a statement via Twitter stating that Ned, 35, “is no longer working” with them.
“As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together,” the statement continued. “We thank you for your support as we navigate this change.”
After his departure was announced, Ned posted a statement on his Instagram account, admitting to having “a consensual workplace relationship.” Rumors previously swirled on social media alleging Ned was seen out with another woman.
“Family should have always been my priority, but I lost focus,” the statement read. “I’m sorry for any pain that my actions may have caused to the guys and the fans but most of all to Ariel. The only thing that matters right now is my marriage and my children, and that’s where I am going to focus my attention.”
Ariel Fulmer, his wife, also shared a statement of her own via Instagram. “Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me — it means a lot,” she wrote. “Nothing is more important to me and Ned than our family, and all we request right now is that you respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.”
Representatives for Ned and The Try Guys did not immediately return PEOPLE’s requests for additional comments at the time of the initial announcement.
To date, The Try Guys have accumulated 7.8 million subscribers on YouTube.
When I first saw a headline that boiled it down to Ned being fired for cheating, I was super confused. But after getting a detailed backgrounder from my friend Ameerah, it all made sense. Ned, who handled HR, carried out an ongoing, long-term affair with an employee/subordinate out in the open. Not out in the open of the company, but out in the open of the world, including public makeouts at Harry Styles concerts and NYC outdoor dining. Of course he was going to get caught. Complicating matters, not only was Ned’s affair partner an employee, she worked with his wife as well. They all knew each other. So much so that apparently the affair partner’s fiancé messaged Ned’s wife to tell her of the affair, which Ned’s wife had believed was a one-time thing in the past and not an ongoing affair. And Ariel had a baby recently as well. Wow, Ned really treated his marriage and family and his business like crap. This misconduct from the HR guy probably opened them up to a whole world of liability and the rest of the guys were right to part ways with him — from a business sense and probably from a personal sense as well, considering how closely the wives are involved with the company.
— The Try Guys (@tryguys) September 27, 2022