The Achievement Hunter team has returned to streaming following the explicit photo scandal and subsequent fan-grooming allegations that forced Ryan Haywood and Adam Kovic to leave the show. After a brief hiatus, Achievement Hunter returned to streaming with hosts Jack Pattillo and Michael Jones for an official statement on how the show will progress.
The stream dealt directly with the issues Achievement Hunter was facing, and Pattillo explained the emotions that went on behind the scenes:
“Everything that happened this week was devastating, it was overwhelming and it was watched as something we built was hit so hard, had no idea it was happening, completely blinded by it and just the crowd Emotions went through, just anger, sadness, anger and guilt and everything.
Pattillo and Jones were deeply disappointed with Haywood. “It’s just heartbreaking to see the amount of pain he’s caused and I’m so sorry,” Pattillo said on the stream. He later referred fans with any information [email protected], the best point of contact for reporting personnel issues.
Jones told the chat that the team had gone through a consultation and several discussions about where the show would go. He also stated that her conviction of Haywood should be understood as an official statement from Achievement Hunter as a whole:
“The reason Jack and I are here today is because this is not going to be an off topic, it is not that we are discussing it. We are not here to discuss this. This is a statement, and you can take this as the collective of all of us at Achievement Hunter. This is the statement. These are the facts.
If you haven’t come to terms with that, I understand. I see people in the audience who can’t – I’ve known a lot of people, for years, a lot of people since they were teenagers, looked up at him, looked up at us, and they just refuse to believe it. You have to accept it … He’s not coming back. He is gone. I hope he doesn’t come back in any way and we will never talk about him again. “
Pattillo added that Haywood was being removed “as far as possible” from the Rooster Teeth website. Videos with Haywood will be removed, with Pattillo indicating that the site will be “deleted” to rebuild.
You can view the entire stream clip below courtesy of YouTube user Inept Robot: