Funny, I don't think I've *ever* said I didn't like Spoony. Never have! I wasn't really involved in the "incident" at all apart from having a shitty, unfunny joke told about me, and at the time, I was mostly confused by it. It's been long enough, and Channel Awesome is rapidly changing, so here's all I can say about said incident:
I had nothing against Spoony at *any* time prior to the joke. At the 4th year filming, I actually spent a lot of time with him! We played card games, talked all the time, etc., he's an easy guy to talk to, but he obviously wasn't doing well then or now. I knew Spoony was going through a rough time, I'd done my best to talk to him about it, cheer him up, helped him out with a horror movie treatment he was laboring over, etc., I got to know him and I thought he was a smart, talented guy unable to claw his way out of depression at the moment. I've been there. Sometimes I wonder if I still am. I get it, so I was cool with him. I was his friend in a "just getting to be friends after being acquaintances for a long time" way. And theeeeen he self-destructed. The "joke" came out of nowhere, and I took it as a sign that the guy was trying to hurt himself emotionally or mentally. Holly asked me if I wanted to make him apologize or press consequences, I said it was just Spoony being Spoony, and to let it go. Didn't bring it up with him at all outside of a tweet saying "Are you okay there, dude?"
As you all and anyone that doesn't have their head up their ass should know, Spoony was NOT punished for that joke. He was probated weeks after, due to, oh I don't know, about a thousand other tweets he made harassing fans and fellow producers. Sometime during the tirade, I messaged him on Skype and told him to stop.◊
Then he was let go from Channel Awesome, or quit, or whatever he wants to call it. He probably *said* "I quit" during the negotiations, buuuuuut he was essentially fired, let's not mince words. OF COURSE he was. They should have fired him MUCH earlier for that kinda horseshit. He then removed me and many TGWTG people on Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc. He seems to be very proud of his pile of burnt bridges and people he hurt for no reason. I don't "dislike" him per se, and I can't blame the producers that still want to be friends with him, but I can say they're playing with fire. Guy's a loose cannon, combo of insane super-egoism and intense self-loathing that results in some really awful behavior. He's not malicious, he just plain old *doesn't care* about who he's hurting in the moment, and after the moment, he's forgotten that he's done it, as he lies to himself a great deal, which again, I'm familiar with. I've been there, I wanted to help him out, but that wasssss definitely a mistake, considering "the joke" resulted in hate mail, photoshop and fanart of me getting raped, etc., that I had to grit my teeth and ignore so I wouldn't attract more venom...if I'd never gotten to know him, joke wouldn't have been made. Sucky, but true.
tl;dr: I was his friend prior to the incident, but he cut me off for no reason. And now that I know what he's capable of, I have no desire to work with him in *any* professional capacity and I'm kinda baffled by the people that still do. Well, maybe it's because they're men. I don't mean that in any derogatory way, men are awesome, but he's gonna relate to them VERY differently, let's say. (Yes, Spoony DOES flirt, often inappropriately, with anything sportin' a pair of tits. Which would be harmless under healthier circumstances, but as he is now...yeah, come on man.)