By now, you're most likely somewhat familiar with highly controversial internet personality and YouTube star Jake Paul. Between his recent FBI raid and getting banned from VidCon last year, he's certainly made several shocking headlines since he rose to fame in 2013. That being said, it seems like he seriously loves being internet famous, which is why we're surprised to hear the rumor that Jake Paul is quitting YouTube.
Stay tuned for everything we know regarding this shocking piece of pop culture news. Fans' reactions have been unsurprisingly mixed, as his reputation isn't great, to say the least.
Why do people think Jake Paul is quitting YouTube? He may have dropped the news in a recent interview.
After creating his YouTube channel in 2013, and amassing almost 20 million followers, it seems as though Jake Paul may be considering other career options. On Sunday, Aug. 23, he was interviewed by The Hollywood Fix while he was out for drinks with friends and his wife, Tana Mongeau. The interviewer inquired about his latest music video release for the song, "23," and then asked if he was starting to shy away from vlogging.
Jake, who seemed inebriated, told the celebrity news outlet that he plans to switch his focus to his music career now that it seems to be taking off, and pursue other things, because YouTube is a "dead-end."
“Yeah, I don’t f--k with that YouTube s--t, it’s a dead-end... They don’t pay s--t," Jake told the interviewer, squinting at the camera. "F**k you YouTube. Nah, I make my money in other ways, I’m the owner of Fanjoy.” Watch the full interview below.
Fanjoy is an influencer merchandising company. Jake is not the sole owner of Fanjoy, as it was technically founded by the CEO, Chris Vaccarino. However, Jake is very involved with the company, and he has apparently done quite a bit to popularize and build out the e-commerce site.
Twitter's reactions to Jake Paul's statement are a mixed bag.
With Jake Paul's *big* personality and questionable morals, the Twitterverse's reactions to Jake's statement vary. Some are glad to see him go, while others are in mourning. Check out their responses below.
Jake Paul could save 2020 by simply quitting YouTube— Sarah (@sarah_devaney98) June 26, 2020
2020 has been a rough year for Jake Paul, though it was entirely self-imposed.
On May 30, 2020, videos of Jake Paul attending the Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall looting during the Black Lives Matter protests in Scottsdale, Ariz. went viral. Fans of the YouTuber were angry that he seemed to be taking advantage of the situation for attention, but he claimed he was present for documentation reasons as a "filmmaker," and for the sake of protesting the death of George Floyd. He was later charged for trespassing by the Scottsdale police.
A few months later, in August 2020, Jake's house was raided by the FBI. Although it was never confirmed why the feds raided his home, many suspected that they had received a search warrant in correlation with the social media star's controversial stunts, which are almost always recorded and posted to YouTube. He had also previously thrown a no-mask party, which garnered tremendous amounts of negative attention.
Is Jake actually quitting YouTube, or was he simply drunkenly bashing the social media platform? The answer is unclear, but we're sure when he's really ready to leave, he'll go out with a bang.