Sad news! Smosh is breaking up.
It’s been 12 long years since two teenagers Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox (both are now 29) formed Smosh as a YouTube channel. Unfortunately, sooner or later everything comes to an end.
Today Smosh co-founder Anthony Padilla announced he’s leaving the web-based sketch comedy duo to pursue a solo career.
“I’m so sad to see this chapter of my life coming to a close, but I will continue to support Ian and wish nothing but the best for him and the brand we created together. As I begin this adventure, I am excited to return to a feeling that I felt many years ago; a rush of adrenaline following a new and exciting idea. Creating as an individual is a passion that I have wanted to explore for a long time. To all those that have followed Ian and I throughout the years, I will always be so grateful for the continued love and support. As scary as this is, I am excited because I know that no matter what happens, I am following what’s true to me and what I’m passionate about. I hope to see you all on my journey.”
— Anthony Padilla (@anthonypadilla) June 14, 2017
Over the past few years, Smosh owner and operator Defy Media has introduced a whole cast of new performers to Smosh viewers, and despite Anthony leaving, Defy Media has assured the brand, as well as those creators, will continue their work.
“After twelve years helping to build Smosh into the massive brand it is today, co-founder Anthony Padilla will be moving on to explore other creative opportunities. We are excited for Anthony as he embarks on his next chapter and energized for what’s next for Ian and the full Smosh cast as we build on this incredible run and roll out more new programming and formats this year.”
For almost all of the time that YouTube has existed, Smosh has been one of its most popular channels. It has more than 880 videos, which have gathered 22 million subscribers and received 6.4 billion views.