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David Dobrik confronts Howie Mandel after disturbing TikToks surface

Published: 14/Jul/2020 19:05 Updated: 14/Jul/2020 19:09

by Virginia Glaze

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Canadian comedian and notable television host Howie Mandel sparked rumors across the net that he’d been kidnapped after posting several concerning TikToks — so YouTube’s very own David Dobrik took matters into his own hands.

While Howie Mandel is best known for having hosted such shows as America’s Got Talent and Deal or no Deal, he’s also delving into the world of online entertainment, even making his own TikTok account.

Mandel’s normal repertoire of humorous videos and dance duets were interrupted by a few TikToks that prompted concern among his fans — especially after TikToker ‘baliyadi’ pointed out some “hidden messages” in his videos in her seven-part series on the subject.

@baldiyadiy’all saw the clown at the end too?##howiemandel##sos##sendhelp##secretmessage##conspiracytheory##conspiracy##clown♬ original sound – baldiyadi

The rumors became so pronounced that they even caught the attention of YouTube star David Dobrik, who commented on one of Mandel’s TikToks, asking him to reach out and even speculating that his phone had been hacked.

“Howie, I think your phone’s been hacked, you’re sending me some scary stuff,” Dobrik wrote. “Please reach out to me or Natalie.”

David Dobrik TikTok comment Howie Mandel
David Dobrik, TikTok
YouTube star David Dobrik reached out to Mandel in a TikTok comment, prompting further speculation from fans about the comedian’s safety.

With Dobrik and Mandel being pals in real life, the YouTuber made an appearance at the TV host’s private home to check up on his friend, who seemed to be confused as to why fans were worried about him.

“I don’t understand why they’re worried!” Mandel shouted in a video posted to Dobrik’s TikTok profile, covered in a plastic shield and surgical gloves.

“‘Cause your TikToks — they’re weird,” Dobrik replied.

“Weird? I’m 65!” Mandel humorously shot back. “I’m on TikTok! That’s weird! …I’m okay! Nobody’s holding me [hostage]. I can go wherever I want!”

@daviddobrikFinally got to check on Howie!! Everything is all good @officialhowiemandel♬ original sound – daviddobrik

Madel further confirmed that he was in no danger during a subsequent duet with Dobrik’s video via TikTok, mouthing, “I’m okay” and giving the camera a thumbs up (while simultaneously rolling his eyes at Dobrik’s jokes).

@officialhowiemandel##duet with @daviddobrik♬ original sound – daviddobrik

Mandel is known for his mysophobia, or irrational fear of germs, which could account for his body shield and gloves — but considering the current global climate, his extra health precautions certainly don’t look too out of place these days.

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Shroud returns to streaming after having to evacuate home

Published: 29/Oct/2020 11:55

by Calum Patterson

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Top Twitch streamer Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek was forced to evacuate his California home due to the rampant spread of wildfires, forcing him into a streaming hiatus, but he’s now back home, safe and well.

Originally from Canada, shroud has been living in California for the last few years, while his streaming popularity boomed following his exit from professional Counter-Strike.

He’s already been forced into a number of streaming breaks, most infamously after he fell from his scooter and broke his wrist – a major injury for one of the world’s foremost names in FPS aiming skills.

He then took a break following the collapse of Mixer, which he had moved to in a multi-million dollar deal, before returning to Twitch as Microsoft their merged the platform with Facebook Gaming.

Shroud on Twitch
Twitch: Shroud
Shroud returned to his Twitch stream after a spell on Mixer.

Shroud evacuates home

On October 27, Grzesiek was forced into another break, but this time far out of his control. His partner, fellow streamer Bnans, explained on Twitter: “We had to evacuate our home yesterday because of the fires. Stressful day yesterday relocating but we’re safe and waiting to see if we can return to our home.”

Shroud confirmed the news, saying, “Will keep y’all posted. Streams hopefully resume soon.”

Major forest fires have been raging across the west coast of the United States, and two separate fires forced the evacuation of around 90,000 people on October 28.

Thankfully, shroud and Bnan’s evacuation was not a lengthy one, and he was permitted to return home on October 29.

And, it didn’t take long for the streaming superstar to fire up his broadcast right away, making this one of his shorter breaks, although perhaps the scariest.

He jumped right into the action by streaming new release Watch Dogs, and resumed as normal. Fans of the streamer will be happy he wasn’t forced into another extended hiatus from streaming, as he’s already been out of action a fair bit this year.

Currently sitting comfortably as the third most-followed streamer on the platform, he’s outdone only by Tfue and Ninja. Although with Tfue more than a million followers ahead, reclaiming his second-place spot since his return to the Amazon-owned platform may be out of reach.