Smosh respond after their parent company shuts down completely

7 November 2018, 15:06 | Updated: 14 November 2018, 12:09

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(Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images). Picture: WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Ian Hecox attends the premiere of STX Films' 'I Feel Pretty' at Westwood Village Theatre on April 17, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Benedict Townsend

By Benedict Townsend

Ian reassured fans that Smosh would not be affected.

Ian Hecox has responded after it was announced that Defy Media, the parent company that owns Smosh, would be shutting down completely.

Defy Media issued the following statement:

"Regretfully, Defy Media has ceased operations today. We are extremely proud of what we accomplished here at Defy and in particular want to thank all the employees who worked here. We deeply regret the impact that this has had on them today. These are some of the best people in the world in creating digital programming and building audiences around it. Without them, brands like Clevver, Smosh, and AweMe could not have built up over 75 million YouTube subscribers and 120mm social media followers. Unfortunately, market conditions got in the way of us completing our mission. Our main focus right now is to find homes for these great brands and people so that they can continue to thrill and delight their millions of viewers with as little interruption as possible."

All of Defy's offices are being closed and all of its staff let go, save for a handful of executives who are handling the shutdown. This left fans wondering about the future of Smosh.

Ian Hecox, one of Smosh's founding members (along with Anthony Padilla), took to Twitter allay fears:

So as you can see, fans don't have much to worry about. Ian says Smosh is "already in the process of finding a new home" and is unlikely to need to fold, due its recent "record numbers." So, Smosh fans, stay chill.