First and foremost, my thanks to JP for addressing this issue in such a way that, as a fan who came in during the Steven era of the Rollplay brand, is more at ease at the situations involved that led to the two entities separating ways for the time being.
I thought this forum message conveyed things far better than the rather awkward interview Cohh did of both JP and Adam when the Patreon announcement came out on Dropped Frames where, admittedly, I felt questions regarding Steven and his involvement in the brand just left me unsatisfied at the answers given at the time particularly when at the time it seemed to have caught Steven himself by surprise at the time if I recall his twitter posts correctly.
For me as a fan of the franchise, I love Adam and he is a great asset to the show, but it was TotalBiscuit and Steven that brought me to Rollplay with Dark Heresy so with Steven's loss along with a great show like West Marches, I felt it keenly.
Any fandom with a following of any sort has it's good elements and it's bad, sometimes the only way of trying to curtail the bad is with clearer communication with all parties involved to have a cohesive message especially following cancellation of popular shows, announcement of a yet unproven Patreon model for future programming and for me, the start of Court of Swords was especially rocky that nearly turned me from the brand entirely. So it isn't entirely surprising that the conspiracy theories manifested and kept on going in the background for months at a time.
I agree with all of Aureylian's points, we aren't entitled to knowing everything going on behind the curtain, it's none of our business and I feel a great many here agree with that sentiment.
However there are those who feel, because they sub on Twitch, bought the T-shirts and backed the Patreon that they feel somewhat entitled to having some say of a channel's programming or knowing more than they should. Being so invested, they probably took on the mantle of internet sleuths a little too seriously to try and pull apart the narrative to find out if something more nefarious really went down than the initial story given.
TB's had his share of opinions on matters such as these, had his clashes with his fanbase, but ultimately his point of view is a salient one. He provides a service, a free one at that, and it's up to us whether to consume it or not and if we do, if choose to chip in some extra coin for additional services in his case such as early access VoD's or the occasional shirt then it's on us but he as a content creator had fulfilled his duty. JP's in a different boat especially in a increasingly competitive marketplace with roleplay shows while maintaining a patreon to boot. That's a lot of things to float in addition to dealing with an increasing number of cast candidates for his shows, I don't quite know how he manages it but kudos to him for making it work thus far with minimum hiccups.
Now it is my sincerest hope that things were learned from this experience, that better cohesive communication with the community will win the day echoed by all parties involved should there be any shifts in the future. A lot of problems will be avoided in the future this way.
And I will continue to hope that one day, Steven will return to Rollplay in one way or another. Hell, I still have hope for Dark Heresy, so that's saying something.