Jake Paul’s extreme antics may have drawn viewers to his YouTube channel, but it looks as if they’ve also cost him his job on the Disney Channel sitcom “Bizaardvark”.
Paul, 20, gained popularity for his short videos on the now-defunct Vine app, which led him to land the role of Dirk Mann on the show, which focuses on a group of teenagers who make Internet videos.
Yet Paul’s real-life videos on YouTube have ultimately led him to part ways with the show after neighbours complained that the stunts he was filming — such as setting furniture on fire in an empty swimming pool — have turned the neighbourhood into a “war zone,” with his ticked-off neighbours planning to meet with police and city council to address his antics.
Paul’s friction with his neighbours came to a head when L.A.-based KTLA ran this report about the troubles, which includes a constant stream of Paul’s fans loitering on the street outside his house.
When Disney Channel execs caught wind of Paul’s shenanigans, a “mutual” decision was made for Paul to exit the show.
“We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role on the Disney Channel series ‘Bizaardvark’,” a Disney Channel spokesperson said in a statement. “On behalf of the production company, the cast and crew, we thank Jake for his good work on the TV series for the past 18 months and extend our best wishes to him.”
Paul, whose YouTube channel has more than 8.7 million subscribers, confirmed his exit on Twitter. “Love you all! Thanks for the support … Can’t wait to continue to grow and conquer,” he wrote in an optimistic post, adding that “this is just the beginning.”
Upon hearing the news of Paul’s departure, fans took to Twitter to register their disappointment.