Famous YouTube Stars Who Quit YouTube

Voting Rules
Only 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.

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  • Joji
    750 votes

    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 Internet personality and comedian. Miller's start as an entertainer began on his now defunct YouTube channels, DizastaMusic, TooDamnFilthy, and TVFilthyFrank, that consisted of rap songs, rants, extreme challenges, ukulele performances and a bizarre show titled The Filthy Frank Show, with most of the main characters played by Miller, including the titular character of Filthy Frank. In December 2017, Miller stated he had retired the channel to focus on his music career, under the name Joji, producing more nuanced and serious music. Miller's music has been described as a mix between R&B, lo-fi and trip hop.
  • Jenna Marbles
    445 votes

    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 subscribed channel on YouTube and the top channel operated by a woman.
  • 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 channel called NetNobody, where he released songs such as "Broken Rings" and "Masks."
  • 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 web series on that channel, Equals Three. As of March 2019, the channel had earned more than three billion views and 9.8 million subscribers, making it one of the most viewed channels on YouTube at the time. Johnson left the series in March 2014, but continued to produce it and other web series like Booze Lightyear, Comedians On, and Top 6, the first two of which were later cancelled.Toward the end of his tenure at Equals Three, Johnson began branching out into other mediums. His first scripted web series, Riley Rewind, premiered on Facebook in 2013. He created a television concept that was purchased by FX also in 2013. He made his live-action acting debut in the indie road film Who's Driving Doug alongside former Breaking Bad star RJ Mitte. Additionally, his production company, Mom & Pop Empires, is co-producing a documentary with Supergravity Pictures about monopolies in the cable television industry.
  • 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 website YouTube in late 2005. These videos are centered on Fred Figglehorn, a fictional six-year-old who has a dysfunctional home life and "anger management issues".
  • GradeAUnderA


    269 votes

    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.