was followedWith Ned Vollmer? So did the Saturday Night Live writers, who apparently believe the drama of the popular YouTube prankster group and their fellow former members has crossed into melodrama territory.
A skit from the October 8 episode parodies a video clip released earlier this week in which the three remaining members of The Try Guys respond to their former co-star Try Guy Fulmer who was asked to leave after fall into cheating On his wife with an employee.
The Try Guys – who have 8 million subscribers on YouTube – are named for their portrayal of stunts such as trying on celebrity underwear and drawing nude selfies. Their actual video reaction to Vollmer’s leaving was intense, with Keith Habersberger, Eugene Lee Yang and Zack Kornfield going into more detail about the initial incident, an internal review involving the HR and legal teams and their grief and anger at the situation.
In this video, the trio shared that Fulmer is being digitally deleted from their videos and removed from Try Guys merchandise. “We can’t talk about the details of the review, but suffice it to say that Ned has engaged in inappropriate conduct for our team,” Habersberger says.
The SNL release ramps up the intensity by a few dozen notches, with CNN reporter played by Ego Nwodim appearing confused about why The Try Guys make headlines, and especially why part of President Biden’s stance in Ukraine should be boycotted to cut off the breaking news. From The Try Guys sitting on a sofa talking about Vollmer.
“So the whole story that your friend had a side chick and you kicked him out?” The reporter asked the three men tried.
“Yes, we had no choice,” says the character Yang, played by Bowen Yang. “And hopefully, he’s somewhere on his back with a bullet in his brain and stomach.”
The reporter tries to direct the newscast that Iran is on the verge of a cultural revolution, but the remaining three insist their cameras are cut out so they can continue talking about “the trauma we are facing…this is the battle of our lives.”
The Try Guys was launched as a Buzzfeed series in 2014, but eventually charted out.
One of the reasons the story had this effect? Vollmer was known for being a “wife’s man,” or someone who often spoke openly and lovingly about his wife, Ariel Vollmer. The pair co-authored a book, and both appeared regularly on the podcast You Can Sit With Us.
In an SNL video, The Try Guys calls Vollmer “the white man’s wife Try Guy Ned.”
But not all fans found the SNL play to be funny.
One YouTube comment on the SNL video reads: “Imagine calling in a year-long affair with a subordinate linked by a consensual kiss at a Harry Styles party.” “He told me this was written by Ned’s friend on SNL without telling me this was written by Ned’s friend on SNL.”
Another wrote, “He’s been an employer who has had a longstanding relationship with a subordinate, which means their entire company has now opened up to potential legal ramifications.”
The cheating story erupted after posting a now-deleted video of Vollmer kissing a co-worker. As articles spread through Reddit and TikToks threads about the pairing, Ned Fulmer and his wife released statements.
“Family should always have been my priority, but I lost focus and had a consensual working relationship,” Ned Vollmer’s statement read. “I’m sorry for any pain my actions have caused to the men and fans but most of all to Ariel. The only thing that matters now is my marriage and my children, and here I will focus attention.”