YouTube comedian takes ‘indefinite hiatus’ after suspected Bondi arson

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Controversial YouTube comedian Jordan Shanks-Markovina, better known as Friendlyjordies, is taking an “indefinite break” from producing videos after his home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs was set on fire in what police believe was a deliberate attack this week.

The property in Wilga Road, Bondi, which Shanks-Markovina calls home, was set alight in the early hours of Wednesday, causing significant damage to the house and the adjoining home on the subdivided plot.

YouTube personality Jordan Shanks-Markovina, better known as Friendlyjordies, says he has one

YouTube personality Jordan Shanks-Markovina, better known as Friendlyjordies, says he has a “long list of suspects” in the alleged arson attack at his Bondi homeCredit:Nine, Steven Siewert, Sally Rawsthorne

In a video released late Wednesday, Shanks-Markovina said he would go on “indefinite hiatus.”

“I think we’re just going to tone back the videos a little bit, and by tone back I mean it’s been a while for obvious reasons. [I’ll] will get back to it at some point, but for now Friendlyjordies is on indefinite hold,” he told his 632,000 subscribers.

He also thanked former prime minister Kevin Rudd and NSW Labour’s Michael Daley, as well as police investigating the fire and the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union for their support.

“It really shows you who is working for you in the public sector,” he said.

Jordan Shanks-Markovina arrives back at his home on Wednesday

Jordan Shanks-Markovina arrives back at his home on WednesdayCredit:Sydney Morning Herald

Referring to Rudd and Daley, he said: “Thank you so much for calling to see if I was OK, I really appreciate it.”

Wednesday’s fire was the second such attack in a week. Last Thursday, the block’s second home was set on fire in what Shanks-Markovina’s attorney Mark Davis said was an attempt to target Shanks-Markovina.

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