Comedy group Try Guys shared a video statement Monday night addressing their recent decision to cut ties with ex-member Ned Fulmer, who admitted he was involved in a “consensual” workplace affair and subject matter an internal investigation.
Zach Cornfeld, Keith Habersberger and Eugene Lee Yang appear in the video titled “What Happened” and explain the timing of Fulmer’s departure from the company and how the group will continue to modify its content to address the situation. The trio said they were working to remove Fulmer from new videos once an investigation into his behavior was launched.
“We immediately removed Ned from work activities and hired an HR professional to conduct a thorough fact check. We have also chosen to remove Ned from our releases pending the results of this review,” Kornfeld explained. “That included removing his section from videos, digitally removing him from others and choosing not to feature him in our merch throws. Honestly, I want to give our editorial team great credit for how skillfully they handled this.”
Kornfeld also shared that while the group managed to minimize Fulmer’s presence in some content, the company ultimately chose to shelve some videos where the ex-member was a more prominent figure.
“There are several videos that we consider completely unreleaseable,” Kornfeld continued. “You’ll never see her and that’s because of his involvement. It’s a decision that cost us a lot of money. We won’t be able to recoup that money, but it’s a decision we’re proud of.”
Habersberger shared that the trio are continuing to work with their editorial team to remove Fulmer from future releases that have already been filmed. He also clarified that some sponsored content could still include Fulmer due to company commitments that predated his exit.
The trio also shared that on September 16 they each signed approval to remove Fulmer as a manager and employee of the company. Habersberger said the group was in no rush to make an announcement on the matter because “there are real people involved” and “there’s a family at the heart” of the issue.
Yang then said the group realized that a public statement had become necessary due to “the rapidly accelerating public speculation.” Ahead of the Try Guys’ first statement announcing Fulmer’s departure from the group, online fans began circulating theories about the comedian’s minimized presence in recent videos.
“We are obviously incredibly shocked and deeply hurt by all of this. This is someone we’ve built a brand and company with for eight years,” Yang said. “We are sad, not only personally, but also on behalf of our employees and our fans who believed in us.”
“I don’t know if we’ll ever be able to fully articulate the pain we’re feeling in this moment,” Kornfeld said. “It’s hard to revisit old videos that we love and are proud of. We’re losing a friend.”
The Try Guys first started at BuzzFeed before launching their own production company, 2nd Try, in 2018. The group currently has 7.98 million subscribers to their YouTube channel and landed a show on Food Network, “No-Recipe Road Trip With the Try Guys,” which premiered in August.
Check out the Try Guys statement below.
https://variety.com/2022/digital/news/the-try-guys-remove-ned-fulmer-from-videos-1235392351/ The Try Guys are cutting ex-member Ned Fulmer from upcoming videos