As we previously reported, Sam Pepper deleted all his posts on social media this week.
His YouTube channel went blank, and his Twitter page went down after one tweet said: “I give up”.
Many fans questioned if it was another prank, or if Sam was in any danger, after he gave no reason for the deletions to his two million YouTube subscribers and one million Twitter followers.
However, all is now clear after the ex-Big Brother housemate posted a new 20-minute video in which he tries to explain it all.
i'm sorry https://t.co/TtaI34mI5T
— Sam Pepper (@sampepper) February 24, 2016
“I might as well talk to you guys first and tell you everything from the beginning… and be real and be honest and be 100% myself, because that’s not what I’ve been,” he said.
“All these other prank channels started coming out and they’d be doing more and more and more crazy stuff.
“So I worked out I could do these pranks the other channels are doing – and I could just fake them.
“What I wasn’t thinking this whole time was that if I have to fake a video that means that it’s too crazy for me to actually do for real.”
Prank accounts were Sam’s biggest competition, and he continued to try to push boundaries.
Things started to go wrong when he posted a video in which he hid his hand under his jumper so he could pinch womens’ bums while asking for directions.
The backlash from fans and fellow YouTubers was huge, and a number of women accused him of sexual harassment.
“I didn’t know how to handle all that hate”, Pepper added and it’s why he claimed the videos were a staged experiment.
“My first instinct… why don’t I try and twist this into something else?”
He describes watching reactions to his online “character” and thinking “I can either play that character or give up”.
At the end of the video he explains he’s ashamed of his previous work.
“I’m really asking you guys please give me a second chance and I can make content that represents me as a person, that inspires…
That’s why I’ve deleted every video on this channel and I’m only going to put up the ones that represent me.”