Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter; Other Celebrities Who Have Quit Twitter
Alec Baldwin's having a social media moment on par with Ashton Kutcher's Jerry Sandusky Twitcident. On Tuesday, the "30 Rock" actor broke news on his Twitter feed that he had been removed from a flight for refusing to shut down his iPad while playing an apparently intense game of the mobile gaming app, Words With Friends.
After venting on the social network -- with dozens of news organizations picking up the story -- the actor faced paparazzi upon landing at JFK International Airport, where he was photographed on Tuesday night.
"What's a twelve letter word that is interchangeable for HARVEY LEVIN?" Baldwin wrote, referring both to the Scrabble-esque game that prompted the spat and the founder of celebrity gossip website TMZ.
And just one hour later, Baldwin apparently decided he was finished with media entirely, self-generated or not. "Let's play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10pm, NY time, unfollow me," he wrote.
A rep for Baldwin confirmed to People that the actor has quit his Twitter account, now listed as "Deactivated," albeit temporarily: "It's just on hold while he focused on '30 Rock.'"
Baldwin joins other celebrities who have publicly quit Twitter. Click through the slideshow to view who else has sacked their 140-character-limit mode of communication.
Adele <a href="http://uk.omg.yahoo.com/news/adele-quits-twitter-newborn-son-receives-death-threats-103514469.html" target="_hplink">quit in November</a> after Twitter trolls bombarded the site with <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/adeles-baby-welcomed-with-insults-taunts-twitter-trolls_n_2002156.html" target="_hplink">disgusting insults and taunts</a> when news broke that the "Someone Like You" singer had given birth.
The "30 Rock" star quit Twitter for the second time in July after getting married to Hilaria Thomas. (<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/07/alec-baldwin-quits-twitte_n_1134909.html" target="_hplink">He first quit in December</a>, after ranting about getting booted off an American Airlines flight). Now he's done away with his personal handle, @alecbaldwin, for good, but remains active via his foundation, <a href="https://twitter.com/ABFalecbaldwin" target="_hplink">@ABFoundation</a>.
There are only two words that need to be said about Miley Cyrus quitting Twitter, back in 2009, and they are<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tSOTQPUQoU" target="_hplink"> This. Video</a>.
Make up your mind already! Amanda Bynes took to Twitter to announce that <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/20/amanda-bynes-24-ive-retir_n_618619.html" target="_hplink">she was retiring from acting</a>, at age 24, in June 2010. A month later, Bynes announced <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/25/amanda-bynes-unretires-fr_n_658468.html" target="_hplink">she was unretiring from acting</a>. Then, in September the same year, she announced she was <a href="http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/09/10/amanda-bynes-quits-twitter/" target="_hplink">sacking her Twitter account</a>, only to <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/27/amanda-bynes-twitter-return-posts-bare-midriff-pictures-photos_n_814858.html" target="_hplink">reemerge (with skin-baring photos)</a> under the new handle <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/msamandabynes" target="_hplink">@msamandabynes</a>. The <a href="https://twitter.com/msamandabynes" target="_hplink">account is not visible </a>to the public.
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/27/john-mayer-twitter-is-pre_n_553907.html" target="_hplink">John Mayer admitted in June 2010</a> that he was "pretty much done" with his Twitter account, saying that "every night I think about canceling my Twitter account." The <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/john-mayer-reveals-why-he-quit-twitter-20110713" target="_hplink">self-professed "tweetaholic" did delete his account</a>, but, like any true addict, <a href="https://twitter.com/JohnMayer" target="_hplink">rejoined</a>.
After tweeting what many considered to be dark <a href="http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2011/09/sinead-oconnor-suicide-options-twitter-rant" target="_hplink">suicidal thoughts</a> and cries for sexual attention on her Twitter account in 2011, the singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor did away with her account, the cheekily-named <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/howryeh" target="_hplink">@howryeh</a>. In September 2011, O'Connor, who suffers from bi-polar disorder, told the <em>Guardian </em> that her Twitter posts had been a "cry for help."
He didn't quit, per se, but the "Two and a Half Men" actor and public internet entrepreneur announced he would be seeking <a href="http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20544312,00.html" target="_hplink">Twitter management with the firm Katalyst Media</a> after publicly scolding Penn State over the firing of Jerry Sandusky, before he had read news about the molestation scandal. "While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans, I've come to realize that it has grown into more [than] a fun tool to communicate with people," Kutcher wrote on <a href="http://aplusk.posterous.com/twitter-management" target="_hplink">his blog. </a>
He's done it before, but <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/chris-brown-deletes-twitt_n_1100090.html" target="_hplink">Chris Brown most recently quit his Twitter account -- and removed most of his timeline -- in November 2011 after <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/17/chris-brown-deletes-twitt_n_1100090.html" target="_hplink">ranting about Rihanna</a>. A sign that Brown had had enough: "I don't say s**t to anybody and everyone feels its cool to attack me. GROWN ADULTS!!!! that s**t happened three years ago!" the singer wrote.