In a world where you can get rich and famous by posting bizarre, hilarious, or downright stupid videos, it's hard to imagine why so many famous YouTubers would quit. From ASMR eating channels to awesome animation channels, you can make some serious cash on YouTube. Be that as it may, plenty of YouTube's biggest stars have called it quits. While some only end up quitting for a few weeks or for a year or so, some have really left the platform for good. Why? Some leave for personal reasons, others have bigger and better ventures to pursue. Let's just be glad they didn't end up in the YouTube Hall of Shame. Whether they've completely retired from YouTube or made a comeback shortly after their announcement, these famous YouTubers have all walked away from the spotlight at some point.
Makeup guru Michelle Phan quit YouTube in 2017, while George Miller, AKA Filthy Frank, AKA Pink Guy, stopped uploading new videos to pursue his music career as Joji. Other YouTube stars who quit YouTube include Shaycarl, SkyDoesMinecraft, and Ray William Johnson. Many YouTube stars quit in 2020, including Jenna Marbles, CloeCouture and McJuggerNuggets. Have they all quit for good? Have some returned? Will some return? Only time will tell.
In the meantime, check out the list of these famous YouTubers who disappeared. We will continue to add others to the list as they post their last video - vote up the YouTubers you miss the most.
Quit in late 2017.George Miller (born 18 September 1992), better known by his stage name Joji and formerly by his YouTube username Filthy Frank, is a Japanese singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and former ...more
After posting a video apologising for her older videos, which she had removed so they could no longer cause those affected pain, in 2020 Jenna Marbles announced she would stop posting on her channel, possibly "forever."Jenna N. Mourey, more commonly known by her pseudonym Jenna Marbles, is an American entertainer and YouTube personality. Her channel currently has over 14 million subscribers, making it the 7th most ...more
Announced he was quitting in July 2017.Adam Dahlberg (born January 17, 1993) is a video editor, singer, director, and YouTube sensation originally known as SkyDoesMinecraft for his Minecraft username SkythekidRS. He later created a second ...more
Ray William Johnson posted a video in March 2018 announcing he'd be quitting YouTube.Ray William Johnson (born August 14, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, film producer, film director, screenwriter, and rapper, who is known for his YouTube channel, Ray William Johnson, and his ...more
Roman Atwood announced he'd end his YouTube vlogging in March 2018. However, as of 2019, he continues to upload videos.Roman Bernard Atwood (born May 28, 1983) is an American YouTube personality, comedian, vlogger and pranker. He is best known for his vlogs, where he posts updates about his life on a daily basis. His ...more
LeafyIsHere has not uploaded since December 12, 2017, due to lack of motivation to upload.Calvin Lee Vail (born August 18, 1995), known by his YouTube username LeafyIsHere, is an American YouTuber and comedian residing in Seattle, Washington, who makes commentary and reaction videos. ...more
Ricky Dillon took a break from his channel to edit for other YouTubers and focus on finding other ways of earning money before returning to YouTube in January, 2020.Richard Porter Dillon Jr. (born April 4, 1992), also known as Ricky Dillon, is an American YouTube personality and singer-songwriter. Over his ten years on YouTube, Dillon has amassed over 3.2 ...more
Alissa Violet "quit" YouTube in 2017, but later returned in February 2018.Alissa Violet-Marie Butler (born June 12, 1996) is a model, actress, and YouTuber who rose to fame through Vine. She is also known for being an ex-girlfriend of Jake Paul. She runs a popular ...more
Formerly part of JKL Productions, Lucas Cruikshank deleted his videos from their shared channel and in 2009 set up his own channel.Lucas Alan Cruikshank (born August 29, 1993) is an American actor and YouTube personality who created the character Fred Figglehorn and the associated Fred series for his channel on the video-sharing ...more
FPSRussia quit posting video in 2017, but has since done a podcast titled Painkiller Already.
Early YouTube sensation KevJumba announced he'd be quitting back in 2014, but has posted some videos in the time since.Kevin Wu (born June 12, 1990) is an American blogger, activist and humanitarian who was best known for being an early YouTube celebrity, comedian and actor known by his YouTube username of KevJumba. ...more
On May 22, 2017, GradeAUnderA stated that due to life issues he would not upload to his channel anymore. On September 20, 2018, he said a season of videos would be coming to his channel. He returned to YouTube in 2019.
Jesse Tyler Ridgeway (McJuggerNuggets) announced on Twitter that he would stop making content for YouTube after January 1, 2020, and that the platform no longer had his best interests at heart.
Cloe Feldman, who went by CloeCouture on YouTube, stepped away from her channel in 2020 to focus on herself and concentrate on her music.Cloe Breena (born June 23, 1997) is a popular YouTube beauty guru who creates videos about makeup and fashion. She has more than 3.5 million subscribers to her channel CloeCouture and several of her ...more
Quit in early 2016; returned by June 2017.Michelle Phan (, born April 11, 1987) is an American makeup artist, entrepreneur, and voice actress who became notable as a YouTube personality. A pioneering Beauty YouTuber, Phan's YouTube channel ...more
Kingsley announced he'd be quitting YouTube back in 2014. He did a series called Drama King in 2015 for ClevverTV, and has since returned to YouTube.Kingsley is an American YouTube personality, comedian and blogger. He has over 3 million subscribers on YouTube and his videos have been viewed over 330 million times. He has been featured on TV ...more
Salvadoran gaming vlogger, Fernanfloo, announced it was over in April 2018.Luis Fernando Flores Alvarado (born July 7, 1993), known as Fernanfloo, is a Salvadoran gaming YouTuber. With a total of over 6 billion views, more than 500 videos and 26 million subscribers, his ...more
Along with Jake Paul, Erika Costell left YouTube in late 2017, only to return and continue posting regularly.Erika Costell (born November 12, 1993) is a model, singer, and YouTuber who is known for her swim, fitness, and lingerie shoots.
After controversy over one of his videos in early 2018, YouTube dropped Logan Paul, while he also announced he quit in May 2018.Logan Alexander Paul (born April 1, 1995) is an American actor, director, internet personality, screenwriter, rapper, and white collar boxer. Paul first gained fame through videos shared on former ...more
He quit in September 2016 and returned by late 2017.Shay Carl Butler, known professionally as Shay Carl, is an American vlogger and YouTube personality. Butler has five YouTube channels, two of which have over one million subscribers. Butler and Corey ...more
Announced he was quitting in September 2017, but has since returned and continued to post regularly.Jake Joseph Paul (born January 17, 1997) is an American social media personality and professional boxer. He initially rose to fame on Vine, before playing the role of Dirk Mann on the Disney Channel ...more
DaddyOFive was really forced to quit, rather than making the choice himself after getting into legal trouble over his videos back in 2017.DaddyOFive is a YouTube channel and online alias of Michael Christopher "Mike" Martin (born 1982), which focused on daily vlogging and prank videos. The channel's videos featured Martin, his wife ...more