A social media star who drew the ire of his neighbors thanks to series of wild antics now admits that the stunts led Disney Channel to give him the boot.
Jake Paul, 20, announced last month that he’d be exiting the sitcom “Bizardvaark” in a mutual agreement with the kid-friendly network in the middle of filming for Season Two.
But Paul — who rose to fame in 2013 by posting six-second videos on the now-defunct social media app Vine — now confesses that he was actually fired by the House of Mouse.
“They basically called me and were like, ‘Yo, what’s going on?’ And I just explained the situation, and they were like, ‘OK. We want to expedite this process of weaning you off the show,'” Paul told The Hollywood Reporter. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s fine. But it’s going to look like you guys fired me.’ And they were like, ‘We can say that we mutually parted ways and blah, blah, blah.’ And that’s the reality of the story.”
Jake Paul admits his viral antics caused Disney to give him the boot.
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At the time, Paul said he felt like he had outgrown the network, and wanted to “move forward” in his career — though the timing of his departure led to speculation that the decision wasn’t so mutual.
Just days before, Paul was the subject of a local news report that claimed he had become a thorn in his neighbor’s sides thanks to a series of filmed pranks causing chaos on his quiet California street.
The report revealed that Paul and his friends had set furniture on fire in an empty swimming pool, popped wheelies on motorcycles and publicly broadcasted the home’s address, drawing hordes of fans to the quiet street in hopes of catching a glimpse of the star.
Still, Paul, who has a social media following of more than 9 million, doesn’t believe he did anything wrong.
“We’re not even that loud,” he said. “Like, yes, we had a furniture fire get out of control in our backyard one time. But that didn’t harm a single person…Looking back, I see why everyone was like, ‘Yo, this kid sucks.’ ‘Cause I look super immature.”
But Paul says that it’s the fans, not him, that are to blame for much of the commotion.
Police were called to Paul’s California home, as the social media star was often accused by neighbors of causing chaos in the quiet neighborhood.
“They are yelling at the neighbors, they’re in the street, they’re chanting my name and taking up parking,” he complained. “I have made multiple videos telling fans not to come to our house. I feel like a zoo animal.”
Luckily for his neighbors — who, as of last month, were mulling a class-action public nuisance lawsuit — Paul reveals that he’s in the market for some new real estate — though there may be one catch.