The Biggest Celebrity Twitter Quitters

These stars bid Twitter a not-so-fond (and usually temporary) farewell.

Twitter is a weird place. Lots of people, lots of opinions, and a whole lot of angst. Sometimes, even our favorite celebs feel the need to cut the Twitter cord and show their displeasure via the “deactivate my account” button. Sometimes, they leave in a huff of whiny nonsense. Sometimes, we totally get their decision.

Here are some of Twitter’s most epic exits.

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    Jaden Smith famously quit Twitter this week, in probably the most tragic blow the social media channel has ever had. How are we supposed to go on without important philosophical views like “Most Trees Are Blue” or “How Can Mirrors Be Real If Our Eyes Aren’t Real?”

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    Joss Whedon also quit Twitter this week. The Twittersphere would have you believe that “militant feminists” drove him away with their anger and womaniness but he calls that “horsesh-t.” He just needed some peace and quiet. Not things Twitter is exactly known for.

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    Back in 2009, Miley Cyrus quit Twitter in the most fabulous way possible: through song. She posted a YouTube video rapping her reasons to leave her followers behind, including “I want my private life private. I’m living for me.” Of course, she soon returned.

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    Ashton Kutcher might need to keep up on his news a bit more. Back in 2011 upon hearing about the firing of Joe Paterno at Penn State, he tweeted “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” If you don’t recall, Paterno was fired because the unspeakable child molestation that happened under his watch. Kutcher issued an apology and handed his account over to a media service so he wouldn’t screw up anymore.

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    John Mayer deleted his Twitter in 2010 and didn’t return until 2014. In a blog post, he said, “It occurred to me that since the invocation of Twitter, nobody who has participated in it has created any lasting art. And yes! Yours truly is included in that roundup as well. No artwork created by someone with a healthy grasp of social media thus far has proven to be anything other than disposable.” Apparently 2014 was a good year to get disposable again.

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    Chris Brown has quit multiple times, usually after people point out that he’s an abusive person who explodes at the slightest provocation, leading him to explode at these slight provocations. Like when he tweeted this: “I dont say s-t to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! that s-t happened three years ago!…IM NOT A POLITICIAN! MY MUSIC DOESNT PROMOTE VIOLENCE nor will it ever! only thing it will increase is the pregnacy rate!” He then deleted his Twitter. He’s back now. Again.

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    We all know Zayn Malik quit One Direction, but this ain’t his first quittin’ rodeo. “The reason i don’t tweet as much as i use to, is because I’m sick of all the useless opinions and hate that i get daily goodbye twitter :),” his final tweet read. He returned two days later. He has not yet returned to 1D.

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt quit Twitter while pregnant, which is actually a superb idea. It’s a hard place to handle when you’re dealing with hormones (said the heavily pregnant writer of this post). In her final tweets before her break, she said, “Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to their own well being. I’m sad to say twitter is no longer for me.” She and Twitter eventually made up.

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    After the MailOnline said his wife was tweeting from James Gandolfini’s funeral (and he called the writer “a toxic little queen”) Alec Baldwin told Vanity Fair he would never tweet again, calling it “a waste of time.” Spoiler alert: he’s back on Twitter.

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    Damon Lindelof quit because Lost fans wouldn’t leave him alone. “I do not like the feeling that I experience when people talk about how much Lost sucked,” he told the NYT. “I can no longer acknowledge it. I spent three years acknowledging it. I hear you. I understand. I get it. I’m not in denial about it. That said, I can’t continue to be this persona. I can’t continue to acknowledge you, because acknowledging you invites more of it, and it really hurts my feelings.”