Tyler Oakley Announces He’s Quitting YouTube After 13 Years On The Streaming Site
He’s saying goodbye. After 13 years of posting videos, Tyler Oakley has announced that he’s officially quitting YouTube. On Tuesday,
He’s saying goodbye. After 13 years of posting videos, Tyler Oakley has announced that he’s officially quitting YouTube. On Tuesday, December 15, the social media star opened up about his decision to step away in a video titled “See ya later,” and fans are seriously heartbroken over the news.
“I’m making this video today to let you all know I have been making videos and uploading them every single Tuesday at noon for years and years and years and years and years,” he said. “If you have been watching since I have been in college, I was 18 when I started and I am now 31. So you can go back and find any single week of my life between those two dates and see what I was up to. I’ve never really taken a break, and it is now time for me to take a break.”
As fans know, the influencer first started uploading videos in 2007, and has since racked up more than seven million subscribers on the streaming site. So why is he leaving YouTube, you ask? What’s next for him? And will he ever be back?! Not to worry, you guys, because we rounded up everything you need to know about his shocking departure.
Why Is Tyler Oakley Leaving YouTube?
Oakley explained in the four-minute video that he is stepping away so he could “work on some stuff that I have always wanted to do.”
“I’m going to be focusing on some other stuff that I’m really excited about. I’m really ready to develop out and to do some fun, new, little things,” he said. “I haven’t felt a fun, new, little thing in a long, long time, so I’m gonna try some fun, new, little things.”
Is Tyler Oakley Leaving YouTube Forever?
But don’t worry, you guys, because according to the vlogger, he will be back someday.
“I do not have an end in sight for when I will be back, so I think the best thing for you to do is to click the little subscribe button and make sure you push the little bell next to the subscribe button. That will alert you when I upload a brand new video, because before you could rely on me every Tuesday at noon,” he explained. “I am in no way leaving YouTube forever. I will be back at some point. But I’m not going to say when because I don’t know when and it might take me a second.”
Oakley added that he is “in no way closing the doors on” his account. He continued, “I have loved making stuff on this channel for years. I intend to keep going as long as I still love it … This is not forever goodbye. This is just like, I’ll see ya in a sec. All is well. Nothing is bad in the worst way possible. Don’t go and like assume the worst.”
Who Even Is Tyler Oakley?
For those who don’t know, besides his YouTube channel, Oakley has actually accomplished a lot. From March to October 2013, he co-hosted a weekly pop-culture news update called “Top That!” That same year, he also played Mr. McNeely in five episodes of the comedy web series The Most Popular Girls in School. That’s not all. In 2015, the YouTuber released a collection of humorous personal essays under the title Binge. Plus, he landed his very own talk show called The Tyler Oakley Show in 2019, which aired weekly on Ellen DeGeneres‘ ellentube platform.
He previously spoke out about his rise to fame to People Magazine.
“I feel like every month there’s a moment where I’m just, like, ‘Wow. This is happening?!’” he admitted in 2017. “Five years ago — even a year ago — I could never have imagined any of this.”
He’s Not The Only Star That Left YouTube This Year
It turns out, Oakley isn’t the only person to announce that they’re taking a break from YouTube this year. Yep, back in June 2020, Jenna Marbles shocked the entire world when she announced that she was done posting videos.
“I feel like we’re at a time where we are purging ourselves of anything and everything toxic,” she said in a video titled “A Message,” which has since been taken down. “For now, I just can’t exist on this channel … I think I’m just going to move on from this channel for now. I don’t know how long it’s going to be. I just want to make sure the things I’m putting in the world aren’t hurting anyone … so I need to be done with this channel, for now or for forever.”
Plus, The Dolan Twins admitted in August 2020 that they wanted to “retire or reinvent” their entire channel.
“It’s just an open conversation, like I have so much s**t on my mind that I wish I could say on YouTube, but YouTube is just not the place. That’s for premium entertainment,” Grayson Dolan explained on Logan Paul‘s “ImPaulsive” podcast.
Ethan Dolan added, “We’ve been like at a point where we just have been really confused as to what to do with the content. I feel like I’ve been kind of trapped in my 17-year-old body as soon as the f**king camera turns on, because I’m like, ‘This is what my audience likes. I have to act the same way that I did when it was working.’ But I’m gonna go f**king insane. We just tried to film a video and it completely failed just because I was like, ‘I don’t feel like myself when the camera’s on.’”