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Famous YouTube Stars Who Quit YouTube

Updated June 25, 2020 6.4k votes 1.3k voters 46.9k views22 items

List RulesOnly YouTubers who announced they were quitting or stopped uploading videos. Vote up the stars you miss the most.

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.

  • 1

    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...  more

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  • 2

    Quit in late 2017.

    George Miller (born 18 September 1992), better known by his stage name Joji and formerly by...  more

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  • 3

    Announced he was quitting in July 2017.

    Adam Dahlberg (born January 17, 1993) is a video editor, singer, director, and YouTube...  more
  • 4

    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...  more
  • 5

    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...  more
  • 6


    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.

  • 7

    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...  more
  • 8

    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...  more
  • 9


    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.

  • 10

    Ricky Dillon

    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...  more
  • 11


    FPSRussia quit posting video in 2017, but has since done a podcast titled Painkiller Already.

  • 12

    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...  more
  • 13

    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...  more
  • 14

    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...  more
  • 15

    Quit in early 2016; returned by June 2017.

    Michelle Phan (, born April 11, 1987) is an American makeup artist, entrepreneur, and voice...  more
  • 16

    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...  more
  • 17

    After controversy over one of his videos in early 2018, YouTube dropped Logan Paul, while he also announced he quit in May 2018.

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  • 18

    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...  more
  • 19

    Announced he was quitting in September 2017, but has since returned and continued to post regularly.

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  • 20

    Salvadoran gaming vlogger, Fernanfloo, announced it was over in April 2018.

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  • 21

    He quit in September 2016 and returned by late 2017.

    Shay Carl Butler, known professionally as Shay Carl, is an American vlogger and YouTube...  more
  • 22

    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...  more