It’s been a week since Adam Levine-gate. Will the internet ever let us rest? No. No, it won’t. Because, on the morning on Sept. 27, I opened Twitter to see John Mulaney trending alongside… speculation that the Try Guys’ Ned Fulmer cheated on his wife, Ariel Fulmer? Huh? (Her Campus reached out to Fulmer’s team for comment but did not hear back by the time of publication.)
If you’re unfamiliar with Fulmer’s name, you might be familiar with the popular internet group The Try Guys, comprised of Keith Habersberger, Zach Kornfeld, Eugene Lee Yang, and Fulmer. The group initially made waves in 2014 with a Buzzfeed video called “Guys Try Ladies’ Underwear For The First Time.” After splitting from Buzzfeed in 2018, The Try Guys formed their own independent production company, 2nd Try LLC, and have been making Try Guys videos (and others) there ever since.
Part of what makes The Try Guys marketable is that they each have a specific personality trait, or thing that makes them special: Kornfeld is open and candid with his autoimmune disorder, Habersberger is known for his hilarious and kind personality, Lee Yang is openly LGBTQ+ and creates educational content around current issues, and — since The Try Guys’ conception — Fulmer is known for talking about his wife, Ariel. A lot.
So, it came as a surprise to, well, everyone to see Fulmer’s name trending alongside allegations of infidelity — with a co-worker, nonetheless. Fulmer then confirmed the news via an Instagram statement just after 3 p.m. EST on Sept. 27. He wrote, “Family should have always been my priority, but I lost focus and had a consensual workplace relationship. I’m sorry for any pain that my actions may have cause 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’m going to focus my attention.” Fulmer’s wife, Ariel Fulmer, posted her own statement to Instagram at the same time as Ned, writing, “Thanks to everyone who has reached out to me — it means a lot. 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.”
The Try Guys also released their own Instagram statement about the situation on Sept. 27. They wrote, “Ned Fulmer is no longer working with The Try Guys. As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together. We thank you for your support as we navigate this change.”
I’m not alone in my shock. The internet is absolutely freaking out about the news. And, frankly, I can’t blame ’em:
I’m still holding out hope that this is some kind of “The Try Guys Prank The Internet” video. Wishful thinking, right?
This story was originally published on Sept. 27 at 10:48 a.m. It was updated on Sept. 27 at 3:42 p.m.