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Is this the end of Eddy Burback and Gus Johnson's podcast?

Yasmine Leung December 13, 2021
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Gus Johnson and Eddy Burback fans were disappointed to discover that Johnson had removed co-host Burback from his Twitter banner – did something go down between the friends after the recent controversy involving Johnson’s ex, Abelina Sabrina Rios? And what will happen to Burback and Johnson’s podcast?

On 22 October 2021, Abelina Sabrina Rios tearfully shared the story of a traumatic ectopic pregnancy she had a few years back. She alleged her boyfriend at the time didn’t accompany her to the hospital and claimed he was resentful during her ordeal.

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Some background

After Rios shared her video, she never confirmed the identity of the ex-boyfriend she mentioned, but some fans were quick to assume it was fellow YouTuber and comedian Gus Johnson, who she dated from 2018 to 2021.

Four days later, Johnson tweeted an apology and, although he did not address Rios and the situation by name, some fans thought the message was about their relationship. Rios responded: “I won’t accept a misleading apology with lies in it. I don’t forgive you.”

Since then, Johnson has been taking a break from social media, aside from posting his latest YouTube sketch.

However, fans have continued to check in on him, with one Redditor noticing his Twitter banner no longer includes Eddy Burback, his Gus & Eddy podcast co-host.

So, what’s the deal between Burback and Gus Johnson and what does the future hold for their show together?

What went down between Eddy Burback and Gus Johnson

In a Twitch stream entitled Lego Yoda wants to get married, which aired on Tuesday, 7 December, Burback addressed the future of his partnership with Johnson for the final time because he “saw some confusion” among messages he was getting from his fans.

“God, it even sucks to say,” Burback said on the subject of his podcast with Johnson, the Gus & Eddy podcast. “I mean I saw you guys pretty much all assuming it, like the podcast is not coming back,” he says.

“I don’t want to get into private details too much because that makes me uncomfortable, but if I’m being honest with you, trust between us from me is completely broken and I just can’t work with him in the future. He knows already, I told him, but I just don’t feel comfortable doing it in the future.”

The two ex-collaborators, however, do still follow each other on Instagram and Twitter.

The Focus have reached out to Johnson for a comment and are currently waiting for a response.

Even before the future of the Gus & Eddy podcast was clarified, fans already suspected it could be the end of their working partnership:

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A brief history of Gus & Eddy

Before it became a podcast with more than 230K YouTube subscribers, the Gus & Eddy show grew from humble beginnings in 2017 as Ok I’ll Talk.

Of that initial run, only episode 7, entitled Childhood Stories We Tried To Suppress, remains on the internet.

The BFFs lived in the neighbouring Midwest states of Illinois (Burback) and Wisconsin (Johnson) and moved to Los Angeles together in 2018.

There they started their new project, the Gus & Eddy Podcast, which grew out of Ok I’ll Talk. As the podcast and its fanbase expanded, the twowelcomed guests such as NakeyJakey and even Gus and Eddy’s own brothers, Sven and Tony respectively.

What’s next for Burback?

With one fewer show to manage, Burback said he would focus on creating content with his brother, Tony. He thanked fans on the stream for being supportive and stressed he just wanted to “go back to being an entertainer and doing jokes because that’s what I like doing”.

In 2021, Burback has only uploaded seven times, with months between each video. His last video was posted two weeks ago, so with the creator’s new plans, we can hopefully expect more frequent videos.

However, you may find him on Twitch playing Lego Star Wars more often!

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Yasmine is a third-year Anthropology and Media student at Goldsmiths University with a new obsession with League of Legends, despite being really bad. She's always on social media keeping on top of the latest news and trends and is HITC’s expert in Korean pop culture. She also loves music, TV and fashion - her favourite things to write about.