If you spend any time on social media, you’ve no doubt seen tweets and posts about the drama surrounding Try Guys and Ned Fulmer’s YouTube group. The group has nearly 8 million subscribers on YouTube, but you may be wondering what they do and who Ned Fulmer is.
Let’s start at the beginning.
Who are the Try Guys?
The Try Guys, a group consisting of Keith Habersberger, Eugene Lee Yang, Zach Kornfeld, and (until recently) Ned Fulmer, are essentially YouTubers who “try” things. Strange things from eating strange foods to trying to ease labor pains.
Some of his most popular videos focus on topics like trying on nail extensions, eating every food itemor wearing a corset for 72 hours.
Try Guys was initially a Buzzfeed series when it launched in 2014, but the group eventually became independent. Created in 2018, the YouTube channel has grown in popularity, currently boasting 7.8 million subscribers.
Who is Ned Fulmer?
Fulmer was a member of The Try Guys, known as the “Wife Guy” because he regularly referred to his wife, Ariel Fulmer, in videos and other Try Guys media. He and his wife co-authored a cookbook and both appear regularly on the podcast You Can Sit With Us. This is important for what happens next.
So what happened?
In short order, Fulmer was caught cheating on his wife online. He is no longer a member of The Try Guys.
After some good old-fashioned online Reddit sleuthing, a now-deleted video of Fulmer cheating on his wife was posted online. come on A very in-depth Twitter thread Does a great job of explaining the details if you want to get into it. Essentially, fans of the group noticed that Fulmer had been absent from recent Try Guys material and began digging deeper into the effects. As a result, a video of Fulmer kissing another woman was found and shared all over the internet.
Why is this important? This comes in the wake of several public cheating incidents that have been surfacing online and going viral, most recently involving singer Adam Levine. In this case, the schadenfreude of “wife men” — an online term for someone who constantly, publicly talks about how much they love their wives — has caught fire online after being caught cheating.
Midway through the play, The Tri Guys made an official statement that they had parted ways with Fulmer.
“Ned Fulmer is no longer working with The Try Guys,” the statement said. “As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a way forward together.”
Fulmer himself also posted a statement online.
“Family should always have been my priority, but I lost focus and a consensual relationship developed in the workplace,” he said. “I’m sorry if my actions hurt the kids and the fans, but most of all Ariel. The most important thing right now is my marriage and my kids, and that’s where I’m going to focus. Focus.”
Ariel Fulmer also released a statement.
“Thank you to everyone who reached out to me — it means a lot,” she wrote on Instagram. “Nothing is more important to me and Ned than our family, and we ask right now that you respect our privacy for the sake of our children.”