Fans Are Excited For Smosh To Return To Original Ownership

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 04: Internet personalities Anthony Padilla (L) and Ian Hecox speak onstage during the 6th annual Streamy Awards hosted by King Bach and live streamed on YouTube at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on October 4, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Popular YouTube comedy sketch improv group Smosh was initially founded in 2002 by Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox. Padilla first built the independent, which he named after he mistook a friend’s explanation of a mosh pit for a “smosh pit.” Hecox later joined in on the venture, and the pair made the migration to YouTube in 2005, producing and hosting various segments of humorous skits.

By 2011, the company was acquired by Defy Media, and Padilla made the choice to leave in 2017. Padilla cited a “lack of creative freedom” as his primary reason for his departure. Hecox remained with the company until 2018 when Defy abruptly shut down. Following the shutdown, Padilla came forward and clarified that the true reason he left the company was due to alleged poor management from the parent company. The digital creator also alleged that they prevented him from joining the Screen Actors Guild (SAG-AFTRA) and attempted to overtake his personal social media accounts.

The pair later sold to Alloy Digital with the intention of selling stock shares of the company, but the company never went public, giving Smosh stock no value. The following year in 2019, Smosh was finally acquired by Mythical Entertainment, which was founded by comedic duo Rhett and Link. The duo have long dubbed themselves “The Internetainers.” The group took production to Los Angeles, and invited several new cast members. After years of tumultuous business moves, Padilla and Hecox have finally joined forces to buy back Smosh. Fans of the original channel are excited to see what the digital creators will bring to the table now that they are back in business with Smosh.

Social Media Reactions

Padilla and Hecox announced their acquisition of Smosh via a now viral video on social media. The pair thanked the loyal viewers of the channel, given its more than a decade long run. The channel’s content will return to its timely sketch comedy style that first brought in thousands of loyal viewers.

The video ended with a Smosh tradition–Hecox’s mother jokingly barging in and kicking them out of the house. Commenters love the nostalgic early-internet comedy the duo are bringing back to the forefront. Additionally, fellow digital creator turned author John Green commented “So proud of y’all and all that you’ve accomplished together.”

Meanwhile, on Twitter, fans are sharing some of their favorite Smosh memories and casting predictions for what the rebrand could look like. Some felt emotional seeing the arduous journey it took the pair to get their own company back after a series of failed business moves.


As some of the first digital creators of their kind, many were excited to see them regain ownership of the content that they first pioneered.

Elsewhere, some offered constructive criticism on what they feel is best for the comedy channel.


Smosh’s original hosts will return next week, and the company is officially independent.

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