YouTube's biggest star, PewDiePie, apologizes for using the n-word: 'I'm just an idiot'

YouTube’s biggest star, Felix “PewDiePie” Kjellberg, has apologised for using a racial slur during a livestream on Sunday.

“I’m really sorry if I offended, hurt, or disappointed anyone with all of this,” he said in a video Tuesday morning. “Being in the position I’m in, I should know better.”

During a live broadcast of a survival game, “PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds,” on Sunday, Kjellberg said, “”What a f—–g n—–! Jeez! Oh my god! What the f—? Sorry, but what the f—?”

PewdiepieYouTubeFelix ‘PewDiePie’ Kjellberg.

Though Kjellberg usually archives his livestreamed broadcasts on his YouTube channel following their broadcast, he didn’t archive the Sunday video and didn’t say anything on social media or on YouTube — his main form of communication —  in the immediate wake of the uproar.

The video he released on Tuesday, titled, “My Response,” is a brief clip — far shorter than his usual work at just one minute and 35 seconds. It doesn’t feature any of his usual humour, instead focusing on his apology for using the word “n—-r.” 

“It’s not that I think I can say or do whatever I want and get away with it. That’s not it at all — I’m just an idiot,” he says in the video. The full video is right here:

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