Stephen Fry is one of Twitter’s most followed – and cherished – individuals.
So fans of the actor’s witty puns, intellectual musings and calls to humanitarian arms will be disappointed to learn that he’s decided to quit the social media network.
In a final tweet farewell to followers, Fry announced his Twitter retirement until December, because he is currently filming “in a place whence I've been advised it is safest not to tweet”.
The tweet not only piqued the morose attention of Fry’s followers, but also from Star Wars fanatics, who wildly began to speculate whether he could be shooting scenes for the forthcoming Episode VII.
“You're either filming in Parliament or a football club dressing room then. Good luck, see you in December,” another follower hypothesised.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the first time he’s taken a break from the channel.
Closing down on Twitter while filming. In a place whence I've been advised it is safest not to tweet. See you December. Here goes...Stephen Fry (@stephenfry) November 6, 2014
In 2009 he threatened to leave Twitter for good because he felt there was “too much aggression and unkindness around”.
He took a temporary few hours break after revelations, detailed in his memoir More Fool Me, about taking cocaine in Buckingham Palace, the House of Lords, House of Commons, Windsor Castle and Clarence House first hit the headlines in September.
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
Stephen Fry's Finest Quotes
1/19 On Being Bipolar
"There’s a moment in the film where I recognised that this was the last moment we filmed before this wave of depression came over me, and I was idiotic or victim enough, or whatever one wants to call it, of this mad compulsion."
2/19 On Taking Cocaine At Buckingham Palace
"I take this opportunity to apologise unreservedly, to the owners, managers or representatives of the noble and ignoble premises and to the hundreds of private homes, offices, car dashboards, tables, mantelpieces and available polished surfaces that could so easily have been added to this list of shame."
3/19 On His Age
"I don't need you to remind me of my age. I have a bladder to do that for me."
4/19 On Swearing
"It would be impossible to imagine going through life without swearing and without enjoying swearing."
5/19 On TV
"I don't watch television. It destroys the art of talking about oneself."
6/19 On Happiness
"Having a great intellect is no path to being happy."
7/19 On Technology
"One technology doesn't replace another, it complements. Books are no more threatened by Kindle than stairs by elevators."
8/19 On Being On Stage
"You are who you are when nobody's watching."
9/19 On Education
"Education is the sum of what students teach each other between lectures and seminars."
10/19 On Creativity
"An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them."
11/19 On Journalism
"Many people would no more think of entering journalism than the sewage business - which at least does us all some good."
12/19 On Love
"Love in all eight tones and all five semitones of the word's full octave."
13/19 On The English Accent
"A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a brilliance that isn't there."
14/19 On Being An Author
"I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book."
15/19 On Homosexuality
"I’ve never wanted one extra gay person in the world, there are plenty of us around."
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16/19 On Christmas
"Christmas to a child is the first terrible proof that to travel hopefully is better to arrive."
17/19 On Clichés
"It is a cliché that most clichés are true, but then like most clichés, that cliché is untrue. Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will always hurt me."
18/19 On Smoking
"I think I have always linked smoking and sex. Maybe this is where I have been going wrong all my life."
19/19 On Homophobia
"Homosexuals are not interested in making other people homosexuals. Homophobes are interested in making other people homophobic."
His confession spawned mixed reactions, as some called for his arrest on drugs charges.
The biggest reaction, however, came from Fry himself.
Speaking to Evan Davies on BBC Newsnight about the “huge moral difference” between historical drug use and historical cases of sexual abuse.
“If people think I should be arrested for historical drug abuse, that's fine. I'm the only person I hurt,” he said.
“I do personally see a huge moral difference between invading somebody's physical space, raping them, groping them against their will, having sex with when they're under age, and me feeding my face with stuff that did me harm.”
He went on to spark further controversy by implying that girls of 14 who had sex with rock stars wouldn’t have called themselves victims, because they were proud of it.Reuse content