Former Vine star and actor Jake Paul is officially leaving the Disney Channel show Bizaardvark.
The announcement came after the 20-year-old was embroiled in a legal battle against his neighbors who accused him of public disturbance. Paul played the main character Dirk Mann in the first season of the Disney Channel show. However, the production company stated that he will not be reprising his role when the second season premieres next year.
Controversial Disney Actor Jake Paul Leaves ‘Bizaardvark’
Jake Paul rose to fame in September 2013 after posting prank videos on the now-defunct social media app Vine. When Vine shut down, Paul had accumulated a total of 5.3 million followers and 2 billion plays on his account. He would later turn to YouTube to share more videos, where he now has over 9 million subscribers and videos that average 1 million views each.
In 2015, Disney Channel announced that Paul would star as Dirk in the comedy series Bizaardvark alongside Madison Hu and Olivia Rodrigo. But it seems like Paul’s bad behavior is getting in the way of his budding career, and Disney finally had enough. In a statement released last July 24, the company announced the following:
“We’ve mutually agreed that Jake Paul will leave his role,” a Disney Channel spokesperson told Us. “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.”
Though the network declined to comment further on the reasons behind the departure, there have been speculations that it had a lot to do with Paul’s recent controversy. The prankster has been making headlines all over Los Angeles with complaints from his neighbors over excessive partying and pranks that are going on at a rental house in West Hollywood. In one incident, Paul and his friends filmed themselves burning furniture. The fire was said to have gone so bad that they needed to dump the burning mattress into the pool.
Paul recently appeared in a recent broadcast for KTLA to address the issue. The news outlet revealed that the teen actually shares his address to fans and encourages visits. Sure enough, there was a large crowd waiting for the troubled star and his group of friends who call themselves Team 10. In the same broadcast, Paul was filmed climbing over the news channel’s van.
Jake Paul: “I have outgrown the channel”
In his defense, Paul has said that part of the decision to leave the channel was so he could focus on his online career. He posted a lengthy announcement for his fans on Twitter:
Love you all! Thanks for the support❤️
Can’t wait to continue to grow and conquer??
Jake Paulers always rise?? pic.twitter.com/1dk4CC6eAS
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) July 23, 2017
Paul has remained on the defense about his neighbor problems as well, telling his fans that there are “other things to worry about.” Meanwhile, city council officials and members of the police are considering to file a class-action nuisance lawsuit against the troubled star.