Helix Studios Issues Statement In Response To Multiple Models Quitting, And Ashton Summers Returns To Fuck Andy Taylor

Posted February 23, 2019 by with 56 comments

joey12Following the departures of multiple Helix exclusives over the last two months (Blake Mitchell, Joey Mills, Tyler Hill, Angel Rivera, Julian Bell), Str8UpGayPorn reached out to Helix Studios to see if the studio had any reaction or explanation for the wave of high profile resignations, and a studio rep has now responded with the statement below. (Note that Str8UpGayPorn has also reached out to several of the former Helix models—including Joey Mills, Angel Rivera, and Julian Bell—for comment, and will post their responses if and when they come in.)

Here is the email exchange between Str8UpGayPorn and Helix Studios:

Str8UpGayPorn: I’m hoping to get a comment from Helix about the models who’ve announced their resignations from the studio over the last few months. Just wondering what your reaction is to the departures, and if you had anything you wanted to say about Angel, Joey, Blake, Julian, and others (Tyler, Landon, Evan) leaving? Is the studio changing direction or undergoing some other evolution?

Helix Studios: Helix has been in operation for 16 years and has seen the coming and going of hundreds of models. We offer the models a platform to showcase their talents and develop a fanbase. In fact, we have dozens of active models doing just that every day. It’s sad when we must say goodbye to some of our favorite performers, especially those who have worked with us for years, but that just increases the opportunity for new performers to capture the world’s attention. As the last several months have shown, we will always welcome models back with open arms. Perhaps the timing of the announcements has created the appearance of an exodus, but that does not hold up to scrutiny. Many of our models have taken time off and then returned. We wish everyone the best in their future plans and we have confidence in our continued ability to produce award winning movies.

Obviously, there’s nothing specific there (tbh, I was hoping for some shade, or at least some tea), but the studio does point out the fact that models often return, so maybe they think Joey or Angel or Blake will come back, at some point? Coincidentally, one such model is doing just that today, as gay porn star Ashton Summers has made his return to Helix this weekend. And, his co-star is another Helix model who recently returned to the studio, Andy Taylor.

Ashton-Summers-and-Andy-Taylor-004It’s probably not a coincidence that Ashton—who was dating Joey Mills during his previous Helix run throughout 2017, but then left following their break-up and had a brief stint at CockyBoys—is returning now, given that Helix has entered a post-Joey Mills era, but that’s only speculation on my part. Whatever the reason for his return, he is still very hot, so it’s great to see him fucking again.

Ashton-Summers-and-Andy-Taylor-018 Ashton-Summers-and-Andy-Taylor-021 Ashton-Summers-and-Andy-Taylor-027 Ashton-Summers-and-Andy-Taylor-029Trailer (watch full scene here):

[Helix: Ashton Summers Fucks Andy Taylor Bareback]

  • holgerson

    This statment says nothing.
    Joey’s “Poor Managment” points to more than nothing.
    I think that the inner agitation/restlessness of the 5 performers, the studio, was known.
    The timely return of 2 “old stars”, should prevent a time without well-known names.
    Helix has only Kyle,Max and (partlay) Corbin, where the name is identified with the studio.
    Is Evan officially retired?

    • B.C.

      What about Josh Brady and Cameron Parks? They may not have massive followings, nevertheless very solid performers and definitely not involved in any shit stirring.
      I’m glad Ashton is back filming, missed his gorgeous body (although that new tattoo, 😒).

      • Francis Mastro

        That tattoo is disgusting😂

      • FrenchBug

        There is a whole series of other tattoos at random spots too and… Well. No.

        • B.C.

          I had no issues with 6 or 7 small(ish) tattoos, but large mummy/zombie/witch…Ugh!

          • FrenchBug

            I am not fond of the doodle scrapbook look personally.

  • Shawn

    That statement is such generic PR spin, like you I was hoping for something a little shadier I guess.

    At the same time, it’s only in recent Helix history that they’ve had so many long-term performers on the roster. In the olden days turnover was much higher, so they aren’t wrong about that. Maybe we all just got a bit too focused on the celebrity of a select few?

    Still hoping for some tea to spill tho, there’s too much passive aggressive subtweeting going on for it to be a simple ‘they all left at the same time by coincidence’ situation.

    • Drew Kingston

      I’m very sorry but it’s porn and I like “reverse cowgirl position” 👅

  • von schlomo

    “…does not hold up to scrutiny.” Sure, Jan. Are we in court? LOL

    The relative size of these departures compared to others in the past doesn’t prove anything.

  • Karla

    Well, why are we surprised that the studio is having issues? The way they handled the Ben Masters incident says it all to me.

    • Seanumich

      Ben Masters is a NUT JOB. He released PERRSONAL info for peopel who worked at Helix. That is UNACCEPTABLE. This douchebag falls in love after 20 minutes and then goes crazy. He did it again and lost another one. He is not stable.

      • Karla

        I am not saying that Ben is an okay guy, but I still think that Helix is not a healthy “family” unit.

      • Shawn

        Yeah I never understood why people were so quick to side with Ben on that one, his reaction was very disproportionate. AFAIK he didn’t even have proof he was being cheated on (do we even know now? Angel and Joey got together after that but it doesn’t mean stuff was going on at that specific point in time) he just flipped his shit because Angel wasn’t taking his calls.

        • holgerson

          I was also skeptical, but look under the comments Vegas Nights (Angel, Joey, Colby).

        • Van

          Please…Ben gave plenty of proof inluding a DM between Joey and Angel where they talked about not caring whether the other Helix people knew whether they were together (this is while he was still supposedly with Ben). Other models, including Cole and Luke, alluded to the fact that they were cheating in tweets that made headlines on this blog. Angel was living in NYC with Ben because he dropped out of college and had nowhere to go. At this point Ben had resigned from Helix and claimed Angel was going to also. Angel goes out to do a shoot with Helix and hooked up with Joey. Ben saw Angel’s phone location as Joey’s apartment and when he called him on it watched his phone location as he hightailed it back to the Helix mansion. Next thing you know Angel is living with Joey and has a day job at Helix.

          • Shawn

            Being cheated on is shitty, it doesn’t excuse his behavior.

            Likewise, being a cheater is shitty.

    • Svenne

      This. They were bullies and mocked him for his mental health issues, even if Ben shouldn’t have released those numbers. Now Ben is having success as a Cocky Boy and seems to have gotten his place back at ballet school. I really like Ben…

  • adamb

    OMG that’s all i can say about this! Ashton Summers fucking my dream guy Andy Taylor bareback no fucking less! And i could not give one fuck about the tatts. That’s all im speechless.

  • FrenchBug

    Whatever is going on, we were not going to find out through an official statement from the studio.

  • TK

    Can someone shorthand the management and moving to Vegas drama for me? It keeps getting mentioned. Also, the manager/owner of Helix is the Uncle Touchy looking guy from the Spank This vids, right?

    • JacquesLeDit

      The move to Vegas was mostly a financial one. The taxes in California were outrageous and the company was much better off moving to Nevada, where there is no state tax and the porn industry is pretty much free to do what it wants (within reason, of course). Rent in San Diego was also a killer. And yes, Keith Miller, owner of Helix, is Jeff Stearne of Spank This. One thing you have to understand – Keith does not, nor has he ever, pursued any of the models in any untoward way. That’s one of the big reasons why models enjoy working for Keith; they feel safe with him (as they should).

      • Van

        Not so sure about that…back in the day he used to host creepy spanking parties, that while not filmed, were shown in pictures on Twitter.

  • CA

    Remember when you were twentysomething and you and your other twentysomething co-workers thought you were more valuable than you were to the company? How you thought the company would implode when/if you all collectively left? Then you all did and sure, it might have been slightly challenging to management in a brief moment, but they moved on and said company is still standing. Sigh…looking back, the over inflated sense of self was ridiculous but charming in a way.

    • FrenchBug

      Yes. But please note that the company itself has certainly been behaving in a way that would let them think that. As noted above, it seems they stopped hiring Ashton after his break-up with Joey in order to keep Joey onside. No wonder Joey might have gotten the message that he was *that* important.
      That Joey is now complaining about bad management has a hint of irony to it but he is absolutely right and many of us have been banging that drum for a long time. Getting involved in the drama between your models and cliqueish behavior is bad management.

      • Francis Mastro

        😂😂😂😂 That’s hilarious

        • Drew Kingston

          Btw, you only need Kyle to be happy, isn’t-it? 😀

          • Francis Mastro

            I have no idea what you mean by that?

          • Drew Kingston

            Aren’t you a big fan of Kyle Ross? So if he is the only model who stays :-)

          • Francis Mastro

            Oh yeah😄 Of course, as long as KYLE & Max stay, I’m good😋😍 Still I’m sad the others left too. It’s the end of an era. But it’s normal. It’s really just coincidential that they all left at the same time, and except for Joey and Angel, each of them has their own personal, unrelated reason. I was laughing earlier exactly because it’s hilarious to see people’s speculations, especially when they think that Helix would hire or fire models based on boyfriend drama on twitter. It’s really funny that ppl would think that😁

      • Van

        Have you noticed that all the “Helix Family” pics of everyone sitting around the table at dinner or out on the town have stopped? Something definitely has changed.

        • zit_remedy

          yeah – those taco tuedays or whatever? no more! SAD.(?) 😬

        • Ninja0980

          Egos and too many relationships between the co-stars happened.

    • Svenne

      Sure, although make it my teen years. Since these kids were in porno land from 18-22 they never really grew up.

  • Dave Netherton

    Ashton is a gorgeous man, one of the hottest men in the industry regardless of who he’s working for. No tattoo is going to take away from his beauty, so, give your collective heads a shake. Helix is lucky to have him, he & Johnny Hands are a cut above the talent they have left there at the moment. It’s hard to say what’s going on there but Helix has fostered these twinks & given them their careers. Other than Cockyboys no other studio gives their models literally a home to stay at & sense of family more than Helix does. If you want to move on and explore other avenues that’s fine, but, you don’t turn around and give the people that have supported you financially in more ways than one the middle finger after you’ve got everything you wanted out of them. I respect Blake, Tyler & Julian for being mature about it. I find it funny that the 2 involved in the Ben Masters drama seem to be the one’s with the issue, but, it doesn’t surprise me either. Users will always be users.

    • Del

      Yass at you giving Johnny Hands some love. I feel like not enough people give him props when all of his scenes are great. He also pulls off the bossy dom so well.

      • Amen, love Johnny!

      • Dave Netherton

        Exactly Del he’s a great performer & very attractive. There are others there that are quite good looking put have no connection to what they are doing & who they are doing it with, Corey Marshall comes to mind. If Helix knows what’s good for them they’ll keep Ashton Summers, Johnny Hands & Josh Brady as long as they can.

    • That tattoo is a big no… I stopped watching this scene because it was such a big distraction.

  • Drew Kingston

    How to answer without saying anything….

    But it’s a pleasure to see Ashton back to film.

    • FrenchBug

      Of course, mean-spirited folks like myself would then question (on top of the question about what is happening with Helix) what happened between Joey and Ashton and why they decided to freeze Ashton out.
      If there was a good reason, then what changed other than spite? And if there wasn’t any good reason and they simply stopped hiring him because they wanted to ingratiate themselves with Joey, that would seem a good example of bad management that Joey himself is now ironically complaining of.

      Remember when I wrote those long rants about Helix management being unhealthily involved in the drama their models start with each other? I told you so.

      • AlohaMar

        Um, what makes you think Ashton didn’t decide to leave all on his own? Why does it have to be “management” doing something to him?

  • I’ve always liked Ashton, but the tattoo on his arm is really unattractive and so is his buzz cut.

  • Svenne

    So why did Ashton get circumcised? So sad. At least it was a decision he made and not forced on him as a newborn, but that’s just sad. He had a beautiful uncut natural cock. Doesn’t look like he had phimosis or anything.

    • zit_remedy

      guys get circumcised for all sorts of reasons, from religous to health. don’t be sad! :/

  • Svenne

    Kyle cut his hair and looks 1000x better. Time for Andy to do the same. He’s like 35.

    • zit_remedy

      wait – kyle cut his hair?!? *googles immediately*
      it’s about fucking time! in his early days, with the shorter, darker hair? my god!! 😍

      • Svenne

        He looks amazing.

    • Devin

      Is he 35? He looks damn good…better than the younger performers

      • Svenne

        I made that up, but he’s too old for that haircut. Body and everything is perf.

  • Baradude

    I can’t with Andy’s lip piercing it’s like a mole I keep looking at it😕

  • Devin

    Back in the day the industry was more about fresh faces. Helix mentioned new performers in their response and I think the entire industry needs to focus more on new performers. People are tired of seeing the same guys over and over, especially when it’s so often. Do you want to see your favorite actor in a new movie every week or every month? I think what that does is cause boredom and when people get bored by seeing the same performer too often they start to become critical….especially if you’re giving the same sort of performance every time. People get bored and start throwing shade. Then we look on social media and come across some some tea that’s more interesting than the performances you’ve been giving. Then we throw more shade and have a good ol time at their expense. I’m kind of rambling now, so I’ll just end it here

    • AlohaMar

      I gotta disagree. Sure OVER-using a model may cause fatigue, but using them 1-2 times a month is unlikely to turn people against the model. At least not for that reason. Any model that achieves a certain level of fame or accolades within the industry are going to have “haters.” But that doesn’t mean people just want new faces. I would be upset if a studio shoved aside an established model that I liked for a string of new faces that may or may not actually have what it takes to perform well. Sure, introduce new models, but I don’t think a rotating wheel of new faces passing swiftly into the night after a few scenes is what the majority of Helix fans want.

  • TravisMT81

    Tha tattoo ewww!

  • FrenchBug

    OK I should wait to post about this under a more on-topic post but I am so spitting mad I have to write it down without waiting.
    Today’s update at Helix is a NONSEX documentary about “the boy behind the porn” Kyle Ross.
    Do any of the Helix folks want to have the nerve to come back in this comments section and tell me again how wrong we are to think their strategy is obviously aiming all their efforts at the female fans of the twink porn stars rather than gay men? Not only is this outrageous and stupid and offensive but all the more that they had the gall to deny it when we first noticed.
    Ridiculous. I am glad I don’t subscribe anymore because I would consider this outright theft of my money in order to please straight girls.

  • Fridaybird1983

    Anyways, Ashton is absolutely turning into the tattooed daddy I always wanted. As a fan of tattoos, the one he got is very beautifully done, and I think he’s as handsome as ever with the short hair. I do miss his perfect curls though. If he will be back to shoot more scenes remains unknown, however it was my understanding that Ashton left Helix, he wasn’t blackballed because of Joey. At the time of his last scene (January 18) He and Joey were still on good terms. I don’t blame him for hopping ship to Cockyboys to film with Sean Ford, Troy Acoola and Taylor Reign, cause DAMN!

  • it’s really hilarious