'I'm an idiot': Youtube star PewDiePie apologises for using N-word in video

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A Youtube star who sparked outrage when he used the ‘N-word’ during a live video broadcast has apologised, saying he was an “idiot” to use the racial slur.

PewDiePie, whose online clips have been watched more than 16 billion times, was seen saying the highly offensive term while playing a video game in an online stream earlier this week.

In a fresh YouTube clip posted on Tuesday, he said there were “no excuses” for using the “worst word I could possibly think of”.

The video has already been viewed more than five million times. 

The 26-year-old Swede, whose real name is Felix Kjellberg, said: “It was something that I said in the heat of the moment. I said the worst word I could possibly think of and it just sort of slipped out.

“I’m not going to make any excuses to why it did because there are no excuses for it.”

The YouTube star has been hit by a string of controversies, having caused outcry earlier this year when he held up a sign reading: “Death to all Jews.”

In February Disney, which was associated with PewDiePie through its YouTube company Maker Studios, dropped the star after he was hit with the allegations of spreading anti-Semitic messages.

PewDiePie is understood to have earned £11 million through YouTube last year.

He added: “I’m disappointed with myself because it seem like I’ve learnt nothing from all these past controversies.

“It’s not that I think I can say and do whatever I want and get away with it. That is not it at all – I’m just an idiot.”


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