Who is Ethan Klein? The YouTuber is best known for h3h3 productions

Ethan Klein is a content creator, YouTuber and podcaster. He is known for developing several internet properties with his wife, Hila Klein. Much of his work revolves around satirically or humorously calling out problematic behavior in influencer culture. But his approach doesn’t always land well with audiences.

Who is Ethan Klein? 

Ethan Klein is a comedic YouTuber and content creator. He was born on June 24, 1985, in Ventura, Calif. He is currently 35 years old. Ethan has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of California Santa Cruz. He has Tourette’s syndrome and generalized anxiety disorder. Ethan’s grandfather, Leonard Katzman was the showrunner of the TV series Dallas. 

Klein married Hila Klein on Oct. 12, 2012. Ethan met Hila in 2007 in Israel while she was serving in the Israel Defense Forces. He had been visiting the Holocaust Yad Vashem Museum in Jerusalem when they met. The two lived in Televiv together until moving to the U.S. in 2015. 

Ethan and Hila run their YouTube channel together. 

His first project was the h3h3Productions YouTube channel 

The couple started the YouTube channel, h3h3Productions in 2011, it was most active from 2013 to 2018. Ethan and Hila typically made commentary, comedy sketches and reaction videos that critiqued internet culture.

The channel then spun off to the H3 podcast and various spin-offs

In 2016, the Kleins launched the H3 podcast, a weekly interview series featuring comedians and influencers. The result was four more spin-offs including H3 After Dark about current affairs, Content Court a narrative series that examined internet controversies and Frenemies with Trisha Paytas.

Hila runs a clothing company called Teddy Fresh

In 2017, Hila founded the clothing company Teddy Fresh which has since collaborated with brands like Care Bears, SpongeBob SquarePants and RIPNDIP. 

The Frenemies podcast with Trisha Paytas

Before Klein and controversial internet personality Trisha Paytas were podcast cohosts they were in an ongoing beef. In May 2019, Paytas called out Klein for fat-shaming them in a video h3h3Productions released called “Instagram vs. Reality.” Paytas asked to be on Klein’s podcast to confront him about it. This became a pattern in their relationship: Klein would diss Paytas, then Paytas would go on his show to confront him. 

The pair’s friendship seemed to bloom out of their once antagonistic relationship. In September 2019, Ethan and Paytas launched the Frenemies podcast where they would fight on-air and make up time and time again. 

In February 2020, Ethan and Hila hosted a Bachelorette-style dating show to find Paytas love. The winner ended up being Hila’s brother Moses. The two announced their engagement in December 2020. 

The Frenemies podcast was no stranger to calling out the problematic behavior of other influencers like Nikita Dragun, Shane Dawson and James Charles. In 2021, Paytas took down David Dobrik, one of YouTube’s most beloved and charitable creators. Paytas began bringing up their dislike of Dobrik, who is friends with their ex-boyfriend Jason Nash, on Frenemies

This led to Nik “BigNik” Keswani revealing on Ethan’s H3 Podcast that Dobrik’s Vlog Squad was “toxic” and likened it to a “cult.” Another former member of Dobrik’s crew, Seth Francois, who is Black, said the Vlog Squad frequently made racist jokes and skits when he was around. He accused Nash of sexually assaulting him during a 2017 prank. Eventually, the critiques of Dobrik led to more sexual assault accusations against Vlog Squad members for which Dobrik apologized twice

Paytas quits and the Frenemies podcast ends

Paytas announced they were quitting the Frenemies podcast in a YouTube video on June 8.

In an episode of Frenemies, Paytas and Ethan had an on-air spat that led to the dissolution of their collaboration. When Paytas said they weren’t comfortable with a segment they had recorded, Ethan accused them of not contributing. Paytas said that they essentially felt silenced in the creative process and lamented that they only received half of the revenue from Frenemies episodes and merchandise but not the podcast’s other revenue streams. 

In the end, Paytas claimed to walk away due to a lack of creative control, feeling that producers had more say than they did and not feeling like an equal business partner just hired on-air talent. 

“I would love the opportunity to pitch in half for the set because I really do feel like I built this show with them 50/50,” they said. “I don’t feel comfortable walking into something that Ethan has built … If I knew I was coming in as a third H3 show, I swear, hand to God, would not have done it.”

“I am honestly gutted over this whole thing, Trisha’s video this morning was a total surprise to me. I don’t really know what more I can say or do. I’m 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,” Ethan responded in a Tweet. 

The two have since released more responses on Twitter that have led to them both taking breaks from posting online. Ethan was accused of misgendering Paytas, while Paytas was accused of using anti-semitic language in reference to Ethan. 

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