On Oct. 15, 2019, the popular YouTube crew NELK, also known as NELK Boys, announced that one of their longtime members, 905 Shooter (real name: Jason Pagaduan), was no longer a part of the prankster group.
"Hey guys, Just wanted to give you a little update … After some events that occurred recently, we decided it is in our best interest to part ways with Jason (905 Shooter)," the content creators wrote at the time on their official Instagram account.
"He will no longer be a part of NELK, in any future videos or be associated [with] the brand in any way following yesterday’s Season 2 finale video," the message continued. "We wish him all the best in whichever route he decides to take next. Please respect our decision and his privacy."
What happened, exactly, that led to Jason's exit after three years with Full Send company? Here's everything to know about the YouTuber's departure...
What happened to NELK’s 905 Shooter?
Jason was the last member to join the NELK channel, which was started by Kyle Forgeard and Jesse Sebastiani in 2014.
After the announcement of his departure in October 2019, plenty of rumors began circulating around the internet about Jason’s mysterious and sudden exit.
Then, in December 2019, Kyle appeared with fellow NELK Boy SteveWillDoIt on Bob Menery’s Ripper Magoos podcast to finally shed some more light on the situation...
So, why did 905 leave NELK?
“[Jason] didn’t do any work behind the camera at all,” Kyle claimed on the Ripper Magoos podcast (per Dexerto). “He was our cameraman, but he wasn’t doing any work behind the camera. People just assumed. He was very lazy. He would huff and puff when you asked him to edit, taking midday naps. For someone to be lazy and not believe in it, it’s not fair.”
However, he later added that the biggest reason behind the departure had to do with Jason's alleged behavior toward fans, claiming:
“The main reason is there’s a lot of s--t with girls. When I brought him on three years ago, there were a lot of creepy messages he was sending to girls. We got a video in our direct messages of 905 sending unwanted, repetitive, unsolicited videos.”
A couple of years later, Jason appeared on the Full Send podcast to explain his side of the story.
“I was put into a position where I was talked into becoming a different person,” Jason said in the September 2021 episode (per HITC). He later added that he had been “sort of groomed into becoming a frat-boy, binge-drinking type where it felt cool to be part of that lifestyle.” This, he says, made him to "lose his passion."