The world’s most popular YouTuber was shut out of the annual YouTube Rewind recap, and now he’s speaking out.
PewDiePie, the Swedish comedian whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, has been regularly featured in YouTube’s year-end recaps, but after being caught in a number of controversies this year, he was not invited back for the video shoot.
In January, the 27-year-old shared allegedly anti-Semitic videos and was subsequently dropped by Disney. In September, PewDiePie created a storm of backlash after using the N-word during a live broadcast.
In a new video on his YouTube channel, PewDiePie explained that he “wasn’t asked” to participate in the Rewind video.
“It’s sad in a way, that I’m not part of it,” he said, “but like, I understand why, like I’m not salty at YouTube for not inviting me.
“But at the end of the day I care more about YouTube. I care more about what’s good for YouTube, what’s good for the platform, than being in it and… pissing people off.”
The YouTube star began posting videos in 2010 and currently has 53 million subscribers, with over 14 billion views. He is reportedly the highest-paid YouTuber in the world, earning $124 million since 2010.