As the saga of the Cinnamon Toast Crunch shrimp guy continues on Twitter, allegations against him of emotional abuse and workplace toxicity have now surfaced.
Jensen Karp went viral on Monday after posting a picture of what appeared to be shrimp tails that he found in his bag of Cinnamon Toast Crunch breakfast cereal. Manufacturer General Mills claimed that they weren’t shrimp tails but actually just masses of accumulated cinnamon sugar that clumped together as a result of the ingredients not being properly blended.
On Wednesday, Karp’s story continued to be Twitter’s source of entertainment and shock, as people discovered that Karp is married to Danielle Fishel, who played the iconic character of Topanga in “Boy Meets World.”
But as Karp’s cereal saga continued to spread, women began coming forward with stories of their experiences with him, alleging emotional abuse. On Wednesday, Melissa Stetten tweeted that Karp is “a manipulative gaslighting narcissistic ex-boyfriend who once told me he was surprised I hadn’t killed myself because my life was so worthless.” Stetten did not specify when she and Karp dated.
Getting lots of texts from girls still in therapy over his terror. At least we have this fun little club!
— Melissa Stetten (@MelissaStetten) March 24, 2021
Shortly thereafter, Stetten responded to her own tweet, saying she had been contacted by other women with similar experiences with Karp. Multiple women quoted or responded to Stetten’s tweet publicly.
Additionally, former colleagues of Karp posted about their time working with him professionally, alleging that Karp had lied to them, stolen from them and generally contributed to a toxic workplace environment.
Brittani Nichols posted that she worked with Karp during the second season of “Drop the Mic” on TBS. “The only solid memory I have of him in the room was our last day. I was freestyling about how I was happy the job was ending,” Nichols tweeted.
He came into the room max 3 times the whole season. Never greeted us. When he wanted to speak to the head writer, he would yell her name from his office. The only solid memory I have of him in the room was our last day. I was freestyling about how I was happy the job was ending.
— Brittani Nichols (@BisHilarious) March 24, 2021
Just fyi, the shrimp tails guy is both a marketing professional and someone who's lied to my face without flinching.
— Brandon Bird (@Brandon_Bird) March 24, 2021
I never dated Jensen Karp. I would never have dated Jensen Karp. I worked with him – and it was awful. Do a quick fucking google before you write about me – just because I’m a woman doesn’t mean the only relationship I can have with a man is romantic.
— Eliza Skinner (@elizaskinner) March 25, 2021
Next thing you know shrimp man will claim that he found the podcast idea and name he stole from us in a bag of Cheerios
— John Cullen (@cullenthecomic) March 24, 2021
A rep for Karp did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment on these allegations.
Karp has since gone quiet on Twitter. His most recent update to the shrimp tail saga, posted on Wednesday morning, indicated that he had “no real update” on the situation.
No real update and I’m not posting about this bullshit all day again. Waiting for the envelope I agreed on from General Mills to send them back pieces and some of a shrimp tail will leave home for DNA testing at Noon. They grow up so fast.
— Jensen Karp (@JensenKarp) March 24, 2021