7 subtle revelations you may have missed from Netflix’s ‘Hype House’ reality series following some of the biggest TikTok stars

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The Netflix show follows the lives of the TikTokers living in a $5 million mansion in California. Netflix/Hype House
  • Netflix’s “Hype House” show following some of the biggest TikTokers aired on Friday January 7.
  • The reality series followed the lives of the influencers living in a $5 million California mansion.
  • It also subtly revealed details about their past dramas — here are 7 details you may have missed.

The fast-paced show is packed with revelations and references to past drama.
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From left to right: Alex Warren, Kouvr Annon, Thomas Petrou, Larri (Larray) Merritt, Chase Hudson, Nikita Dragun, and Jack Wright. Netflix
Netflix’s new reality series “Hype House” was released on Friday January 7, and follows the lives of Gen-Z TikTok influencers who make up the Hype House content collective, based in a $5 million mansion in California.

The Hype House’s official TikTok account has almost 20 million followers, and the combined followers for all its members exceed 100 million.

@thehypehouse Grateful for all of you @bangenergy @bangenergy.ceo #bangenergy ♬ sees sound blowing up – [⭐️] JaydenW

 

The unscripted reality show features eight 30-minute episodes packed with pranks, arguments, parties, and even a prom.

But the fast-paced nature of the show means some interesting details, revelations, and references to past drama that are easy to miss. 

Larri ‘Larray’ Merritt mentioned the COVID-19 party that got him and fellow influencers ‘canceled.’
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Larri Merritt, Emma Chamberlain, James Charles, Charli D’Amelio at a party in the Hype House in July 2020. @larray, Phil Shaw @p.hil/Instagram; @jamescharles/Instagram
During a dinner party in episode two, YouTube and TikTok star Larri Merrit, AKA Larray, said the last time he was “canceled” was following his 22nd birthday party. 

The party in question was heavily criticized as it followed a spike in COVID-19 cases in California. Fellow Hype House member Nikita Dragun posted on Instagram that she “decided to throw him the most insane surprise party ever… nikita style.” 

The surprise party took place in July 2020 with dozens of influencers in attendance, sparking backlash due to the COVID-19 risk.

YouTuber Tyler Oakley called out the group for being “bad influences,” and Merrit, Tana Mongeau, and James Charles went on to apologize for their actions.

 

Charli D’Amelio briefly appeared on the show.
Lil Huddy with Charli D'Amelio
Lil Huddy with Charli D’Amelio at Craig’s in Los Angeles. Rachel Murray / Stringer
TikTok star Charli D’Amelio briefly featured in the show, joining a dinner party at ex-boyfriend Chase Hudson’s house in episode two. 

Shots of the group eating are interspersed with news headlines, including Insider’s coverage of the pair’s breakup.

D’Amelio confirmed the couple were “exclusive” in a February 2020 interview with “Entertainment Tonight.” In April that year, D’Amelio and Hudson announced their breakup with almost identical Instagram stories after TikToker Josh Richards accused Hudson of sending a lewd photo to his girlfriend, Nessa Barett. 

D’Amelio, who is currently the world’s most-followed TikToker, and Hudson are still friends, and Hudson features on D’Amelio’s Hulu reality show “The D’Amelio Show.” 

Nikita Dragun called her mom during her Twitter feud with Trisha Paytas.
Nikita Dragun Trisha Paytas
Episode four opens with Dragun calling her mother from a flashy sports car when she mentions a Twitter spat with fellow influencer Trisha Paytas. The scene brushed over the details as Nikita said she “could have come for her” but tried to take “the higher road.” 

The feud started in March 2021 when Paytas poked fun at Dragun for celebrating the renewal of her Snapchat show, and Dragun retaliated, accusing Paytas of trying to diminish her achievements as a trans woman. 

 

Dragun and Paytas traded insults for over two hours, with Paytas calling Dragun a “trash human” for her partying during the pandemic

The Hype House co-founder took credit for Charli D’Amelio’s success.
Charli D'Amelio
Charli D’Amelio. Amy Sussman/Getty Images
In Hype House co-founder Thomas Petrou’s opening interview, he said the collective “launched people like Charli, Dixie, Addison,” and that being a part of the Hype House “really helped blow everyone up.”

Sisters Dixie and Charlie D’Amelio never lived in the house, but with a combined following of 180 million on TikTok, they are the most famous creators featured on the joint account. They appeared in many early videos alongside fellow TikToker Addison Rae.  

Although the D’Amelios are still friends with some members of the collective, they separated from the Hype House in May 2020. 

Their spokesperson told Insider at the time that the Hype House was founded as “a place for a new group of TikTok creators who became friends, to create content together” but that they chose to step away because the “Hype House started to become more of a business.” 

Sienna Mae Gomez was not featured in the show, despite appearing in promotional videos.
Jack Wright and Sienna Mae Gomez
Jack Wright (left) and Sienna Mae Gomez (right) Sienna Gomez/YouTube
When Netflix announced the “Hype House” series in April 2021, it named eight influencers who were set to star, one of which, Sienna May Gomez, barely appears in the series. 

At the time, Gomez said in a now-deleted Instagram post that she was excited to feature in the show, writing, “thank u @thehypehousela for letting me b in ur show.”

You can catch Gomez briefly in the background of a pool party scene in the first episode, but other than that, she never appears again. 

It follows accusations that Gomez sexually assaulted Hype House member Jack Wright, who does feature heavily in the Netflix show. The allegation was made by a friend of Wright in June 2021, and Wright has never explicitly confirmed it.

Gomez denied the accusations at the time, saying in a YouTube video posted on June 1, “Making an untrue sexual assault claim is never OK. I’m beyond saddened by this situation. In order for us to all move forward, I will be taking this offline with Jack.”

Following the accusations, Gomez lost upwards of 600 million followers. 

In a Twitch stream on Saturday 8 January, Merritt appeared to suggest Gomez was cut out of the series due to “altercations and issues” between her and Wright.  

Gomez has been absent from the Hype House account since June 2021 but continues to post content on her main account, where she has almost 15 million followers.

Neither Wright, Gomez, nor Netflix responded to Insider’s request for comment.

Merritt’s fans weren’t happy when he joined the Hype House.
TikTok star Larray appears with fans at a launch event for Larray's Loaded Mac.
Merritt appears with fans at a launch event for Larray’s Loaded Mac.
Merritt has been in the influencer world for some time. According to Seventeen, he grew a following on the now-defunct short-form video platform Vine. He joined YouTube in 2011, where he now has 8.4 million subscribers. 

In episode one, Merritt explains that his transition to TikTok and integration with the Hype House wasn’t too well-received by his following, many of whom thought it was “cringey” and accused the other creators of “whitewashing” him. 

One fan tweeted that, “Larray become rapidly unfunny when he started hanging out with tiktokers,” and there was even a petition to “save” him from the Hype House, which received over 4,000 signatures. 

“People thought the Hype House was just these white kids that just came out of nowhere with money and rich families,” Merritt said, adding that it “wasn’t that at all.” 

Hype House co-founder Thomas Petrou used to be a member of Jake Paul’s Team 10 content collective.
Thomas Petrou vlogging in Team 10 house
Thomas Petrou. Netfix/Hype House
During the final episode, Hype House members discuss other TikTok content houses, and an old clip of Petrou vlogging inside Jake Paul’s Team 10 house is shown.

Petrou joined the Team 10 in May 2019, according to Seventeen, after being friends with Paul for a few years, and featuring some of his daily vlogs.

Petrou said in a now-deleted video that he was fired from Team 10 because there were “a few complaints about a few things that added up,” Elite Daily reported.

He left in August 2019 and created Hype House in December 2019.

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