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Critical Role’s YouTube Video Removal: Erasing the Shadow of Brian Foster

In a surprising move, Critical Role, the popular gaming company known for its epic Dungeons & Dragons adventures, has discreetly removed a significant number of videos from its official YouTube channel. The company made a clear effort to distance itself from Brian Foster, the former host of Talk Machina, by privatizing nearly all videos featuring him. This action follows leaked court documents that revealed a distressing history of verbal abuse and threats against Ashley Johnson, a main cast member, during their engagement.

The Impact of Foster’s Departure

Brian Foster played a role in various Critical Role programs outside of the main campaigns. As the host of Talks Machina, he conducted cast interviews after each episode, providing a platform for fans to ask questions about their favorite characters. Foster also hosted Behind the Sheets, a series that delved into the personal lives of the cast and crew. Additionally, he appeared as a Dungeon Master in UnDeadwood and participated in one-shots like Honey Heist. However, among the episodes currently available online, only the first Honey Heist remains, and it can be found exclusively on Geek & Sundry’s YouTube channel.

The Fallout: Critical Role’s Bold Stand

The decision to remove hundreds of videos featuring Foster from Critical Role’s YouTube channel has sparked conversations and stirred emotions among fans. While many lament the loss of beloved content, the majority of supporters agree that the company made the right choice in prioritizing the well-being of Ashley Johnson, their friend and fellow actor, who endured a history of verbal abuse and control during her relationship with Foster.

The removal of Foster‘s presence is not the first time Critical Role has dealt with problematic individuals. In the early episodes of Critical Role, another cast member, Orion Acaba, was removed from the show due to disagreements and personal reasons. Acaba‘s character was subsequently erased from The Legend of Vox Machina and other retellings of the campaign’s early history. However, episodes featuring Acaba can still be found on the Geek and Sundry YouTube channel.

While it is undeniable that Foster‘s contributions brought entertainment to the Critical Role community, the decision to distance the company from him reflects their commitment to supporting Ashley Johnson and sending a clear message that abusive behavior will not be tolerated. Fans have acknowledged the loss of cherished content but stand behind Critical Role’s stance, recognizing the importance of prioritizing the safety and well-being of the cast members.

Looking Ahead: A Bright Future for Critical Role

Amidst this period of transition, Critical Role continues to move forward with exciting projects on the horizon. The upcoming live show, “The Mighty Nein Reunion: Echoes of the Solstice,” offers a chance for fans to delve into the aftermath of the Apogee Solstice, providing closure and insight into the fate of beloved characters. The announcement of a new animated series dedicated to the Mighty Nein has also generated anticipation, building upon the success of The Legend of Vox Machina and expanding the animated universe of Critical Role.

As fans eagerly await new episodes, it’s essential to recognize the company’s commitment to transparency and growth. Critical Role‘s actions reflect their dedication to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all, ensuring that their content remains a source of joy and inspiration for fans worldwide. The journey continues, and with each step, Critical Role reaffirms its position as a beacon of creativity, storytelling, and the boundless possibilities of the actual play industry. Together, let us support the company in its pursuit of adventure, empathy, and a future that embraces the values we hold dear.