Shay Carl Butler is a YouTube personality who is popularly and known by his professional name Shay Carl. He is also an author and a well know vlogger who runs three different Youtube channels. Shay is the brain behind one of the most prominent family vloggers on YouTube called Shaytards.
Shaytards which came online in 2008 currently has over five million subscribers and garnered over two billion views since inception. Aside from Shaytards, Carl is also the brain behind Shaycarl, ShayLoss, and even iphoneTARD.
Shay was born on March 5, 1980, and he is the oldest of four kids born to Carl and Laurie Butler. After high school, he became a missionary in Barbados, Guyana, and Trinidad for two full years under The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, before heading to Idaho State University for college, unfortunately, he dropped out to start his own business.
Before finally settling for a career in YouTubing, Shay worked several jobs to make ends meet, he worked as a school bus driver, installed granite countertops, and even worked as a radio DJ for Z103.
Carl’s fame on Youtube grew after Philip DeFranco saw one of his videos and gave him a shout-out. The shout-out did not only announce Shay on YouTube but also caused a great rise of his subscribers’ base and by collaborating with online sketch channel – The Station, his subscribers base soon tripled.
His channels did so well that Forbes named Carl as one of the most successful video entrepreneurs on YouTube. His YouTube channel ranked #13 on the New Media Rockstars Top 100 Channels of 2014.
In 2009, he co-founded Maker Studios alongside Scott Katz, Kassem G, Philip DeFranco, Rawn Erickson II, Lisa Donovan, Ben Donovan, and Danny Zappin. The studio was featured by The New York Times in 2011. In 2014, Walt Disney Company bought the studio for $500 million.
He collaborated with Corey Vidal to produce a 90 minutes documentary – Vlogumentary which was released in 2016.
Carl originally created Shaytard to upload his own funny comedy skits, but it soon became a family channel that features Shay, his wife, and their five kids. The family began posting daily vlogs from March 2009 and kept to their promise to post vlogs daily for over six years before slowing down a little.
In 2009, the channel at the 3rd Mashable annual Open Web Awards won the Best YouTube Channel or Personality. Four years later, it was nominated for Best Non-Fiction or Reality Series category at the 3rd Streamy Awards.
What Happened To Shay Carl And Why Did He Stop Making Videos
After almost eight years of posting vlogs daily, Shay announced towards the end of 2016 that Shaytards will be going on a year-long break which was meant to start 5 March 2017, unfortunately, the supposed hiatus began a month earlier than planned following a scandal involving Shay.
Earlier in February before the planned Hiatus, the veteran vlogger tweeted he will be going offline to enable him to go into rehab to fight alcoholism.
After his long tweet, YouTuber and adult webcam performer, Aria Nina came online, alleging Shay had sent her explicit messages and videos of himself masturbating.
To prove she wasn’t making things up, Aria released series of images that showed Carl making highly sexual statements towards her via a Twitter direct messages (DM) conversation.
This sparked rage on the internet and Shay Carl, at the time, blamed his alcoholism as a way of explaining his actions. In September (seven months later), Shay’s wife Colette posted a video, thanking fans for their support following the scandal.
She also revealed in the video that they were working on it, doing the best they can, taking each day at a time and that she can’t wait to share it with her fans. Two months later, Shay posted a YouTube video from his own page apologizing to his fans and taking full responsibility for his actions.
In March 2018 (exactly 13 months), the family is back, they posted a video titled ‘we’re back?”. In the “we are back?” video, Shay and his wife said they are once again committed to uploading videos again but that it will no longer be a daily affair. The couple is also back on social media.
His younger siblings, Casey, Carlie and Logan are also YouTubers. His youngest brother Logan owns his own YouTube channel called LoganMcKay.