- Jeff Wittek said he started to resent David Dobrik after an accident almost killed him.
- Wittek severely injured his eye while swinging from an excavator that Dobrik was controlling.
- He said he wanted Dobrik to check on him and “talk to me man-to-man in person.”
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YouTuber Jeff Wittek described feeling resentment towards David Dobrik after an accident that almost killed him. Wittek made the comments in the latest installment of his documentary series “Don’t Try This At Home,” which he uploaded on Monday, April 26.
In the first two parts of the series, posted last week, Wittek revealed that he severely injured his eye while swinging from an excavator which was being controlled by Dobrik — a YouTube star with more than 18 million followers who was at the helm of the Vlog Squad, the YouTuber collective that Wittek was part of.
The news came after months of speculation and rumors about what actually happened, as Wittek had revealed his injuries in an Instagram post in June 2020 but hadn’t shared any details.
Jeff Wittek swinging from the excavator shortly before his accident.
Jeff Wittek / YouTube
Wittek spoke about his experience in the months after the accident in part three of the series, which is titled “AFTER THE ACCIDENT.”
He recalled sitting at home looking at Instagram, and said Dobrik’s stories would always be at the top.
“I would click on it and it would be him being praised for something that he had accomplished that week,” he said. “And I’m sitting here in my house, in the worst place I’ve ever been, thinking I’m never going to get back to where I was at.”
Wittek said this made him “resent” Dobrik.
“It made me resent him, it made me resent seeing his face, it made me not want to go online,” he said. “It made me not want to open up YouTube. It just put me in a bad place.
“I’m healed enough to walk around, but I’m still really f—ed up.”
Wittek said he had wanted Dobrik to check on him and “talk to me man-to-man in person.”
“I wanted to make it clear to him that this was a problem that we both had to fix now,” he said.
—Def Noodles (@defnoodles) April 26, 2021
The end of the episode shows a preview of the next installment of the series, in which Wittek and Dobrik sit down for a conversation. He can be heard telling Dobrik he feels “weird” because they haven’t spoken in the past month.
In the first two episodes, Wittek showed footage in which he and other Vlog Squad members had taken part in stunts to be featured in YouTube vlogs. These included the excavator incident and learning to skydive. In the preview, Dobrik can be heard agreeing to go skydiving as a way to help him understand what Wittek had been through.
Dobrik has been on the receiving end of much criticism in the past month since sexual assault allegations came out against members of the Vlog Squad. Critics have suggested that Dobrik may have put his friends in uncomfortable, unpleasant, or even dangerous situations for entertainment, and that sometimes it went “too far.”
For example, a recently resurfaced clip from 2017 shows Nick Antonyan (aka “Jonah”) driving a moped off a half-pipe into a pool for one of Dobrik’s vlogs. He told Comedy Central in an interview in April 2020 that he almost died when he hit the side of the pool and sustained an injury that looked like a “gunshot wound.”
Dobrik posted an apology video in March that focused on rape allegations against his childhood friend Dominykas Zeglaitis, known on YouTube as “Durte Dom.” In the video, Dobrik said that he had come to understand the unfair power dynamic between him and people who wanted to be in his videos. He said he now understood he had a responsibility to ensure everyone felt safe, and had sometimes fallen short of that.
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