Orion Acaba dropped a public message to his fans stating that he would no longer be a cast member on Critical Role. He clearly stated that he loved his role and that he enjoyed working with the talented individuals that make up the Critical Role team, it was a painful message. What is Critical Role, and what role did Orion play in it? Let’s find out and learn why he left, shall we?
Critical Role is an American web series produced by Geek and Sundry, a commercial YouTube channel and multimedia production company launched on April 2, 2012, by actress Felicia Day. In the series, a group of professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons. The series is usually broadcast live on Thursdays at 19:00 PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel, YouTube channel, and Project Alpha. Orion Acaba was popular on Critical Role, which begs the question – if he was that popular and loved, why did he leave? We’ll know that in a bit. First, let’s know who Orion Acaba is.
Journey to Stardom
Orion Acaba was born on October 14, 1980. He is a voice actor born in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States. Orion is an American of Puerto Rican heritage. He is currently living at Valley Village, CA, and his family members are Annette Acaba and Christal Acaba.
Orion gained wide admiration for playing Tiberius Stormwind (also known as Tibs or Tibsy). The character is a 28-year-old humanoid who came from the Dragonborn race and a class of sorcerers. Before Orion gained fame as Tiberius Stormwind, he had earlier featured in a voice role in 2009 in the video game Plants vs. Zombies; he appeared as Crazy Dave.
Other works featuring Orion include Prelude to Axanar, a 2014 fan-made short film directed by Christian Gossett who equally co-wrote the film with Alex Peters; Orion played Professor John Gill in the short film. He was also a voice character as Zombie #47 in The Story Of Ginger & Snapper (2016), an animated story about a girl living in the wake of a Zombie apocalypse.
Dive Olly Dive and the Pirate (2014), an animated movie where Orion Acaba played the voice character ‘Dodo’.
Orion was the voice narrator on The Real Truth Behind The Real True Story (2014), a story featuring a professional charades champion who was at the top of the mountain in the World Charades Federation, but suffered a downfall that made him retire from the sports and into obscurity.
Orion Acaba at a Glance
Reasons He Exited Critical Role
There are many stories revolving around Orion’s reasons for leaving his role in Critical Role. Many say it’s because he has HIV, others said he verbally abused his ex-girlfriend (Corina Boettger) on social media and left his Tiberius role because of public shaming. Still, some people have insisted he left because people criticized him about putting up a fundraising for a volunteer moderator of his Twitch stream who suffered a tragic accident in which she lost her father, but never giving her a dime of what was raised or donated. He allegedly decided to do a charity stream and donate the proceeds to her, but instead of giving her the money, he used it to buy things for himself. Actually, many dislike Orion currently because of the many ‘evil’ things he supposedly did.
Well, it hasn’t been easy for the voice actor. Having many of his fans turned their backs on him and called him names. Some new fans have done the same thing without knowing all the facts. So, Orion Acaba decided to upload a video on YouTube telling his fans why he left Critical Role. In the video, he stated that he delved into drugs and was later diagnosed with cancer and HIV. Feeling so depressed and crippled, he felt insane sometimes. The vacuum the disease and drugs left in him made him say a lot of things he shouldn’t have said to the public. He said he didn’t know why he left, but that he didn’t leave because the team made him. He reassured those who watched his shows that he loved and missed them.
Orion has declared his interest in coming back to Twitch with his new girlfriend to continue the game, with a new channel, name, and everything. Even though he got mixed comments from the public, many of his fans still want him back on the game.