Defy Media, parent of Smosh and Clevver, is reportedly shutting down

Internet personalities Anthony Padilla and Ian Hecox are the co-creators of sketch comedy YouTube channel Smosh.

Mike Windle/Getty Images Defy Media, the parent company of YouTube giants Smosh and Clevver, is apparently shutting down and laying off employees.

"Regretfully, Defy Media has ceased operations today," the company said in a statement Tuesday night, according to Variety .

"We are extremely proud of what we accomplished here at Defy and in particular want to thank all the employees who worked here.

Defy didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

"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," Defy said in its statement, according to Variety.

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