Jenna Marbles announces she's quitting YouTube over “shameful” videos


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YouTube star Jenna Marbles – real name Jenna Mourey – is leaving the platform in the wake of past videos that critics say are racist.

In a tearful 11-minute video titled “A Message,” the 33-year-old addressed her controversial videos and said she was “leaving” the platform.

Mourey, who has more than 20 million followers, announced: “I want to hold myself accountable and it's painful to do that. It's not fun and it hurts. I’m ashamed of things I’ve done and said in my past.”

The videos in question include a video in which the YouTuber dresses in black to imitate Nicki Minaj and a music video in which she made a racist joke that mocked Asian men. These and several other videos have since been privatized.

“I don't know how else to say this, but it doesn't matter because the only thing that matters is that people were offended and it hurt them. “I’m incredibly sorry,” Mourey apologized. “It is not okay. It's embarrassing. It's terrible. I wish it wasn’t part of my past.”

The YouTube star has since disabled a majority of her videos because “I just can't exist on this channel right now.”

“I think I'll just leave this channel for now,” Mourey clarified. “I don’t know if this is forever. I don't know how long it will take. I want to make sure the things I put out into the world don’t harm anyone.”

Mourey first rose to fame on YouTube in 2010 when she posted the tongue-in-cheek tutorial “How To Trick People Into Thinking You're Good Looking.”

She has since racked up over three billion views and was the first YouTuber to have a wax figure at Madame Tussauds.