Controversial YouTuber LeafyIsHere returned from a nearly 10-month hiatus to speak with Drama Alert host KEEMSTAR, where he explained what had caused him to leave the platform indefinitely.
Leafy explained that making daily videos had "burnt him out," and that YouTube’s changes toward monetization, censorship, and copyright had incited his break back in December of 2017.
“YouTube itself was just becoming worse and worse over time,” Leafy answered. “The monetization yellow things were frustrating to deal with. There were so many changes… the entire platform was turning.”
He also cited YouTube’s trending page as an issue that bothered him, citing BuzzFeed and other trending channels as “shit” that turned him away from the platform.
“It wasn’t one big thing that just happened,” he continued. “It was slow… more and more things to just add on top of it, and eventually, it was just the [straw] that broke the camel’s back.”
Leafy admitted that he thought about returning to YouTube now and again but ultimately held that he wouldn’t be able to voice his opinion as he used to on his channel.
LeafyIsHere was at the center of multiple controversies before his hiatus, catching flack for his videos criticizing creators like autistic YouTuber TommyNC2010, and eventually KEEMSTAR himself. This led to a slew of allegations from YouTubers like iDubbbz and Nick Cash.
He admitted that his hit piece on KEEMSTAR had been for the "adsense," which KEEMSTAR seemed to take in good spirits.
Leafy is now investing in stocks and bonds, and even teased that he might make a return to YouTube in the future.