Who Is Ned Fulmer? ‘Try Guys’ Cheating Scandal, Explained
The internet is exploding over rumors of an Try Guys cheating scandal involving married cast member Ned Fulmer — otherwise ironically known as "Wife Guy" — and Try Guys producer Alex Herring.
The affair revelation, which went viral and has been compared to John Mulaney cheating on his ex-wife and immediately having a baby with Olivia Munn, became a trending topic on Tuesday (Sept. 27).
Here's what we know...
‘Try Guys’ Star Ned Fulmer Cheating Allegations Explained
It all started when a fan on the Try Guys subreddit noticed that Ned Fulmer had been absent from the group's last three YouTube videos. It also appeared that Ned had been specifically edited out of the videos. Meanwhile, his wife, Ariel Fulmer, was also absent from the last two episodes of the Try Guys' wives' podcast, You Can Sit With Us.
Then, a thread popped up on the subreddit alleging Ned cheated on his wife with Alex Herring. Apparently, the person who posted the thread later appeared to identify as Herring's fiancé, Will Thayer.
The thread presented incriminating screenshots and videos of Ned and Alex seemingly kissing at a New York City club. The person messaging Will in the screenshots wrote: "so basically I went out to niagara the club last night and saw her making out with ned from the try guys, i have videos if needed."
In another screenshot, Will replied, "Just spoke to Ariel for an hour," while the other person in the text thread claimed they had sent the information to Ariel via Instagram DM.
The poster of the thread then posted Ned's contact information, seemingly to prove their identity.
On Monday (Sept. 26), it appeared that Will had both unfollowed Alex and deleted photos of her from his social media feed before his Instagram account went dark. One of Alex's friends, YB Chang, the senior editor of Food Babies, also appeared to unfollow her as well as Ned.
Then, on Tuesday (Sept. 27), Jake LaRosa, the Try Guys' ex-social media manager, posted a TikTok that seemed to confirm the rumors.
He alluded to other celebrity cheating scandals while holding the Fulmers' cookbook while a song featuring the lyric "You ruined everything" played in the background.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Try Guys revealed Ned had been fired, all but confirming the rumors.
"As a result of a thorough internal review, we do not see a path forward together," the group said in a statement posted to social media.
Who Are the ‘Try Guys’?
Basically, they are a group of guys who try things. Literally.
Around 2014, the Try Guys emerged from BuzzFeed, where they first began racking up YouTube views with videos such as "Guys Try Ladies' Underwear for the First Time." The group's original lineup included Keith Habersberger, Eugene Lee Yang, Zach Kornfeld and Ned Fulmer.
The group later branched out into their own YouTube channel separate from BuzzFeed and now have over 7 million subscribers.
Who Is Ned Fulmer?
Ned Fulmer, 35, is one of the four Try Guys who executive produced and appeared in their videos. He is married to Ariel Fulmer.
Ned attended Yale University and worked as a chemist before moving to Los Angeles to work for BuzzFeed, where he eventually joined the Try Guys.
He and his wife have two sons: Wesley, born in 2018, and Finley, born in 2020.
Ned was previously known for being a family man and "super-dad," as well as making his supposed devotion to his wife part of his brand.
Who Is Alexandria Herring?
Alexandria "Alex" Herring is an associate producer of the Try Guys, as well as host of the Try Guys show Food Babies.
Alex is from Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Hawai'i with a degree in communications and anthropology. She is believed to be in her mid-20s.
"I was such a big Try Guys fan," Alex said in an interview prior to working with the Try Guys.
Did Ned Fulmer Cheat on His Wife?
On Tuesday afternoon, Ned posted a statement to his Twitter confirming the rumors of infidelity, not long after the Try Guys announced he had been fired.
"I lost focus and had a consensual workplace relationship. The only thing that matters right now is my marriage and my children," Ned wrote in a statement.
He did not mention Alex by name.
Online, people reacted in shock after the rumors were confirmed.
Even fans who haven't watched the group since their BuzzFeed days chimed in on the drama.
As noted by Jezebel, many pointed out similarities to Adam Levine's recent cheating scandal, as well as other recent scandals involving Gerard Piqué and Shakira, Emily Ratajkowski's husband Sebastian Bear-McClard and more.
Check out some reactions to the Ned Fulmer cheating scandal, below: