Stephen Fry has closed down his Twitter account after receiving criticism for a joke he made during Sunday's BAFTAs ceremony. The 58-year-old said he "wanted to leave the planet" after a gag he made about costume designer Jenny Beavan's outfit was badly received by viewers.
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The 11-time BAFTAs host made the joke as Jenny walked off stage after collecting her award for Best Costume Design on Mad Max: Fury Road. Jenny was dressed in a casual ensemble of a leather jacket, white t-shirt and scarf, prompting Stephen to remark: "Only one of the greatest cinematic costume designers would come to the awards ceremony dressed like a bag lady."
Stephen Fry has deleted his Twitter account after his BAFTAs joke was badly received
Stephen initially took to social media to defend his joke, after fans demanded he apologise for his comments.
"So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr," he wrote, adding: "Christ I want to leave the planet."
At the BAFTA after party he posted a picture of himself and Jenny together with the caption: "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry."
Stephen joked that costume designer Jenny Beavan looked like a "bag lady"
Stephen has since decided to leave the social networking site completely, and deleted his Twitter account much to the shock of fans.
It is not the first time Stephen has stepped away from social media; he closed his Instagram account in 2015 after telling fans he had been "hounded off" the photo sharing account. In November 2014 he stopped using Twitter because he said it was not safe, while he had previously said there was "too much aggression and unkindness around" on social media.