Why Trisha Paytas Quit the 'Frenemies' Podcast

YouTube star Trisha Paytas has quit the Frenemies podcast in a tearful announcement made via YouTube on Tuesday.

Paytas has hosted the popular podcast with Ethan Klein since September 2020 for H3H3 Productions.

Paytas, 33, explained their decision to depart the show in a video posted after a disagreement with their co-host on Monday's episode.

The YouTuber said that the H3H3 production crew were unhappy with Paytas' behavior during the last episode and would pause work on the show for a week.

Monday's episode saw Paytas and Klein argue over arguing over the show's production and alluded to a long-running disagreement over pay and creative control.

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Trisha Paytas enters the Big Brother House for the Celebrity Big Brother launch at Elstree Studios on August 1, 2017 in Borehamwood, England. Paytas has now ended their run on the podcast "Frenemies". Karwai Tang/Getty/WireImage

The two became unlikely friends after a public feud in 2019 over photoshopping and body image.

This led to Klein inviting Patyas on to his podcast H3H3 before they later launched Frenemies together in September 2020.

The issues with Paytas leaving the podcast extends to the duo's personal lives, as Paytas is currently engaged to Klein's brother-in-law, Moses Hacmon.

On Monday's episode of Frenemies, Paytas appeared to upset the crew by calling a segment of the show "lazy," prompting Klein to say that Paytas just "shows up" and doesn't do most of the work involved in producing the episodes.

This led to arguments about production costs, the podcast's location and where the podcast's advertising revenue goes.

However, in Paytas' video announcing their departure, they said that the dispute heard on the podcast was not the reason for their exit, rather that they wanted the show to be a 50/50 partnership including pitching in costs for the set and production.

Klein's position is that Paytas is "the talent" and H3H3 handles the production side.

Elaborating on their decision to leave the podcast, Paytas wrote in a comment under the video that they are leaving to "ease the tension everywhere."

"I don't want to be the toxicity in their machine. and I can feel that I am. and it's not good for anyone involved," they wrote, adding that the experience is "not good for me mentally anymore."

They continued: "It could be my own brain attacking me but for myself, right now, I just need to disengage completely. this is without a doubt, the hardest decision I've ever made. and it definitely was the most successful thing I've been a part of, so it's with a super heavy heart that I cannot continue."

Klein responded to say he was "gutted" about the situation, tweeting: "i am honestly gutted over this whole thing, trisha's video this morning was a total surprise to me. I dont really know what more I can say or do. Im 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."

"At the end of the day, Frenemies was a beautiful experiment that I will always cherish," Ethan tweeted then some hours later. "I've learned and grown so much from the experience and have Trisha to thank for that. She's been a dear friend of mine throughout, and I'll always be grateful for all she's done for us.

"Erased most of my recent tweets regarding trisha—shouldnt have said that on twitter—im going to take a step back for evening," he concluded.

Paytas then uploaded a second video titled "one more thing" where, in 18 minutes, they addressed those accusing them of not wanting to share the revenue made from the show with the crew and apologizing to fans for disappointing them by leaving.