Jenna Marbles announces she's quitting YouTube in a tearful apology video

YouTube star Jenna Marbles announced she is leaving her channel.
YouTube star Jenna Marbles announced she is leaving her channel. Photo credit: YouTube / Jenna Marbles

YouTube veteran Jenna Marbles has announced she is moving on from her channel in an emotional apology that addresses her problematic historical videos. 

Jenna fought off tears as she spoke candidly to her 20.2 million subscribers about the decision.

"I dont wanna put anything out in the world that's gonna hurt anybody, so I need to be done with this channel for now, or forever - I don't know," she said.

In the video, titled 'A Message', Jenna reveals she's been requested to address her problematic past, which includes dressing up in blackface for a video. 

"There's things in my past I'm not proud of and I'm getting a lot of tweets from people saying 'why have you privated all these old videos'."

Throughout the video Jenna stresses the fact she never wanted to offend or upset people, but believes she has to be held accountable and apologise for the offensive content.

Jenna let viewers know she has removed almost all of her old content from YouTube and outlined the videos she wished to apologise for.

One video led to her being accused of using blackface to imitate Nicki Minaj, in another she made fun of Asian men and in a third she admits she 'slut shamed'.

All three videos were posted between 2011 and 2012.

While she explained she never intended to do blackface and it was just "a bad tan", she conceded: "All that matters is people were offended and it hurt them and for that I am so unbelievably sorry." 

Jenna said she thought keeping the old videos up showed how much she had grown and changed over the years, but she realises many people don't bother to look at the time a video was posted. 

At the end of the video Jenna thanked fans for their support over her ten year career before announcing she was leaving. 

Fans took to Twitter to express their upset, many saying 'cancel culture' had gone too far and Jenna shouldn't feel like she has to leave YouTube. Many compared Jenna's past content to other YouTube stars they believed had done worse.