After 20 Years, Rockstar Vet Lazlow Jones Has Left The Company

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Long time voice actor, producer, writer, and radio host Lazlow Jones has left Rockstar Games after nearly 20 years with the company. He had been a part of every Grand Theft Auto game since GTA 3 and had also worked on other Rockstar titles, including Red Dead Redemption II.


YouTuber GTAMen spotted the departure via Lazlow’s Linkedin page, which showed he had actually left the company back in April of this year. According to that same page, he joined the company all the way back in April of 2001, about six months before the release of Grand Theft Auto 3. A month before Lazlow left, the co-founder of Rockstar Games, Dan Houser left the company too.

Lazlow had become a fan favorite over the years thanks in large part to his antics as a radio DJ in almost every GTA game post-GTA 3. Playing a fictionalized version of himself, Lazlow was often angry, whiny, and annoying. His biggest in-game appearance was in GTA V where, for the first time in the series, he was shown physically in cutscenes and played a minor role in the story. He also appeared in GTA Online’s nightclub update.

Lazlow and Rockstar have not officially commented on why he left the company. Kotaku has reached out to Rockstar and Lazlow for more information about the situation. Currently, Lazlow is developing shows for both Netflix and Disney and is doing consulting work for an undisclosed video game company.

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.


My issue with GTA has always been that the jokes suck and the radio shows have a lot to do with that. The game is naturally funny because you have an open world and crazy scenarios going on, so you try things and they can often backfire with comedic results. The “intentional humor” comes off as a poor man’s version of a Family Guy fart joke. Trevor makes GTA V almost unplayable. The one time their jokes were fine was in GTA 4 when you could go to a comedy club and watch real comedians. If they want to make good jokes, hire real comedy writers so we can something better than radio shows with dick jokes.