The King of Random
The King of Random (TKOR) is a YouTube channel created by Grant Thompson in 2010 that conducts DIY projects and experiments often involving large amounts of a single item. The channel was originally hosted solely by Thompson, but is now hosted by Nate Bonham and Calli Gade. As of August 2019[update], the channel has around 11.7 million subscribers. Thompson died in a paramotoring accident on July 29, 2019 at the age of 38. Bonham and Gade stated in a video that the channel would continue to upload.
The King of Random
|Also known as||TKOR|
|Total views||2.5 billion|
The channel's name was originally "01032010814", the exact date and time Thompson created the channel. In September 2017, the channel introduced Nate Bonham as co-host, and he became the permanent host a few weeks later. In October 2018, the channel introduced Calli Gade as co-host. Thompson reportedly stepped away to spend more time with family, but still owned the company and was involved in day-to-day operations until his death on July 29, 2019 in Utah.
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In January 2018, Thompson was charged with two counts of second-degree felony possession of an explosive device for allegedly conducting incendiary experiments in his backyard. The charges carry a maximum 15-year prison sentence. Thanks to the deal he made with authorities, the initial charges were dropped and he was only charged with a misdemeanor recklessness with an incendiary device charge, which would also have been dismissed so long as Thompson did not break any laws over the next 18 months. Under the terms of his deal with police, Thompson would have created two YouTube videos educating viewers about the "physical safety and/or the legal risks associated with experiments that could be dangerous".
Death of Grant ThompsonEdit
On July 29, 2019, Thompson was killed in a paramotoring crash near Hurricane in Washington County, Utah. His family had reported him missing around 10:30 pm to the Washington County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) after he did not return from the trip that day. Officers used GPS to connect to a locator found on his body; the case remains under investigation. He is survived by his wife and four sons. The channel uploaded Grant Thompson, in Memoriam to YouTube on July 30. The video was exactly one minute long, and was simply a picture of Thompson with the caption "Grant Thompson, 1980-2019".
On August 1, a video titled Thank you, Grant was uploaded to the YouTube channel, in which a somber Bonham and Gade present a montage of Thompson's various experiments, spliced with clips of him discussing how far the channel had come. In this video, Bonham confirmed that the channel would be continuing to upload, stating it was what Thompson would have wanted. It was the first time either host had appeared in a video since Thompson's death.
On August 8, the channel posted a video called A Tribute To Grant From Fellow Creators. It compiled tributes from other YouTube personalities, notably MatPat (Matthew Patrick) from the channel The Game Theorists and Zack Nelson from the channel JerryRigEverything.
Furthermore, on August 10, the channel posted a video called To Grant, From the TKOR Team which compiled short tributes from all of the channel staff, including Bonham and Gade.
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