While Logan Paul is most famous for the multiple scandals that have occurred throughout his YouTube career, the vlogger might be taking a break from the platform very soon.
Paul uploaded a lengthy message to his Instagram story on March 23, where he claimed that being a YouTuber is “wack” and expressed a desire to do “more” with his career than creating videos.
His statement earned him widespread backlash, prompting an interview with Drama Alert’s Daniel ‘KEEMSTAR’ Keem, where he explained the reasoning behind his statement.
I’m in LA, I’m in Hollywood,” Paul said of the post. “I go to an event and there are A-List actors my age there, and me, as the competitive person I am, I say to myself, ‘I want that. I want that level of respect.’”
The YouTuber stated that he hopes to get into a slew of other career options, including filmmaking, music, and even comedy, to which he referenced popular comedian Kevin Hart in his interview with KEEMSTAR.
“I’ll see Kevin Hart or Chris D'eLia doing stand-up comedy and a part of me wants to go try that,” Paul continued. “But you don’t just try that - people dedicate their whole lives to that and become experts at it.”
Despite Paul’s misgivings, KEEMSTAR argued that YouTube is the new wave for entertainers, explaining in a Twitter video prior to their interview that YouTubers are able to create content and make something of themselves without requiring the input of a massive team - unlike Hollywood.
— KEEM :popcorn: (@KEEMSTAR) March 24, 2019
“Dude, what is wrong with you, bro?” KEEMSTAR asked in the video. “This mainstream Hollywood stuff… It’s thousands of people getting together to create a piece of work. ….YouTube is democratic. The people are picking the winners and losers.”
This isn’t the first time Paul has expressed distaste with YouTube, either; he likewise claimed that he wanted to be seen as more than just a YouTuber in an interview with Access in December of 2018, claiming that there was a “stigma” around the occupation.
“I see myself as so much more than the ‘controversial YouTuber,’” Paul said in the interview. “I have a little bit of an uphill battle currently - my fault - but I think the stigma of being a YouTuber is getting old. It’s time for me to exceed expectations.”
Paul is no stranger to Hollywood, either; the YouTuber was featured in the upcoming remake of classic film ‘Valley Girl,’ as well as his very own movie ‘Airplane Mode.’
Paul’s statement on the matter follows news of YouTuber Lilly Singh’s late night talk show, ‘A Little Late with Lilly Singh,’ which will air on NBC in place of the long-running ‘Last Call with Carson Daly.’
In fact, Paul even congratulated Singh on her success, despite many top YouTubers on the platform taking issue with her - including YouTube king Felix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg.
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I can’t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joining this incredible family. I’m numb. I can’t even process. This has been SO long in the making and I’m so happy I can finally share this with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! There’s so many people to thank and I will do so over the next few (or hundred) posts. Watch the segment live at 11:30pm est! And now... it’s time to work. It’s time to make magic. It’s time to hustle harder than ever before. Blessings :pray::skin-tone-4: #LillyOnFallon #TeamSuperAllDay
Logan Paul likewise unveiled his Flat Earth ‘documentary’ on March 20 just ahead of his Instagram post, which many thought to have taken inspiration from YouTuber Shane Dawson’s documentary series.
However, Paul’s ‘mockumentary’ played out more like a comedy sketch, rather than an informative film - which earned him massive backlash from the Flat Earth community.
Despite this hiccup, Paul seems to be dead set on a major career change, following the debut of both his animated series and his collaborative series with friend and comedian ‘Dwarf Mamba.’
After getting his start on Vine, Logan Paul shifted to becoming a full-time YouTuber; with his wide portfolio of works, fans could very well see the vlogger make yet another massive change in the next year.