Guy ‘Dr DisRespect’ Beahm’s mysterious and sudden permanent ban from Twitch last month has left the entire gaming community stumped and searching for answers. In what is his first interview since the ban, The Doc has now revealed that he too still doesn’t know the official reason why he was booted off of the streaming platform.
Speaking to The Washington Post, Dr DisRespect opens up about how he’s felt in the weeks since his ban and how everything in both his professional and personal life was “just getting lined up” before the news. He also reveals he has been experiencing “stress and anxiety” since the ban and says he has experienced “all of the emotions you can possibly feel.” The author of the interview, Noah Smith, also describes Dr DisRespect’s mood as “sombre and measured” throughout their conversation over the phone.
In another more in-depth interview with PC Gamer, The Doc reveals more about what his future plans for his brand and content are now like following the ban, and confirms that a return to Twitch is completely off the cards.
“While it’s unfortunate that I’m off Twitch, we’re definitely working behind the scenes on what a Dr return might look like,” he tells PC Gamer. “I’m focused on just making sure whatever we do next, whether it’s a platform move or not, that it’s the right decision for the community and Champions Club that follows me. And that makes sense to what I want to continue to accomplish with this character in terms of taking things to the next level, and whether it’s streaming or outside of streaming.”
PC Gamer also states that in a follow up email, Dr DisRespect’s team doesn’t rule out streaming content on his own website as a viable future option, as well as potentially moving to other established platforms.
Later in the interview, Dr DisRespect confirms that he still hasn’t been given a reason for his ban by Twitch and that he is still in the stage of “considering” legal action against the site.
When pressed on whether recent controversial statements over 5G masts and conspiracy theorist David Icke might have anything to do with the ban, Dr DisRespect flat out answers “no,” but is cut off by his publicist when he attempts to elaborate further. He also refuses to “engage crazy allegations” when asked about the timing of the ban amid swathes of sexual misconduct allegations in the gaming and streaming industries.
While we are still none the wiser as to why he was banned, Dr DisRespect has given us a few tidbits of new info throughout these two interviews.
In both, he confirms that progress is still being made in regards to his TV show deal with Skybound Entertainment, with Dr DisRespect telling The Washington Post “we’ve been working really hard” and that he is “excited for the next steps.”
It also seems that Dr DisRespect and his brand will be returning in some way in the future, with the Two-Time telling PC Gamer that fans should expect a “Doc 3.0” and “new cinematics focused on pushing the envelope.”
Dr DisRespect also debunks claims that the widely circulated footage of his strange behaviour at the end of his final stream was connected to his Twitch ban. He claims that his remarks were about the “state of the world” at the time (citing the coronavirus pandemic and the protests spreading across America) and were not a reaction to news of a platform ban.
While it could still be a while before we (and Dr DisRespect) find out the real reason for his ban, fans of the streamer will be excited to see him finally break his nearly three-week silence and hear that The Doc will be returning in some form, even if it is not on Twitch.