Ray William Johnson to Officially End ‘=3’ in 2014
Ray William Johnson is retiring his hit YouTube show “=3” in 2014. The YouTube creator writes via Twitter:
Johnson has had an openly contentious relationship with YouTube for some time now and even threatened to leave the platform earlier this year. With the release of his directorial debut “Riley Rewind,” Johnson partially made good on these threats, uploading the web series to Facebook video one day prior to a YouTube release. Now, with his departure from “=3” it will be interesting to see how and if the creator remains on YouTube.
Johnson isn’t the only creator ending a flagship YouTube-based program, though. Earlier in December, Philip DeFranco, owner of SourceFed and “The Philip DeFranco Show” tweeted that 2014 “is going to be the last year of the ‘PDS.’”
Like DeFranco, Johnson surely has plans for life post-YouTube. It’s unclear, however, whether the creator will place a larger focus on his production studio Runaway Machine or if he will seek opportunities outside of the digital landscape.Tags: =3, philip defranco, Ray William Johnson, youtube