JonTron is known as a massive Banjo Kazooie fan, no doubt why Playtonic asked him voice a character in their upcoming spiritual successor to the game. However, it looks like Playtonic has had second thoughts on YouTuber’s involvement since he expressed some controversial views on social media. Discussing Mexican immigrants, JonTron seems to have offended the developers of Yooka-Laylee. Playtonic has released a statement about the whole incident below.
JonTron is a talented video presenter who we were initially, two years ago, happy to include as a voice contributor in our game. However, in light of his recent personal viewpoints we have made the decision to remove JonTron’s inclusion in the game via a forthcoming content update. We would like to make absolutely clear that we do not endorse or support JonTron’s personal viewpoints and that, as an external fan contributor, he does not represent Playtonic in any capacity. Playtonic is a studio that celebrates diversity in all forms and strives to make games that everyone can enjoy. As such, we deeply regret any implied association that could make players feel anything but 100% comfortable in our game worlds, or distract from the incredible goodwill and love shown by our fans and Kickstarter backers.