15/02/2016 09:51 GMT | Updated 15/02/2016 09:59 GMT

Stephen Fry Explains Why He Quit Twitter, Following BAFTAs 'Bin Lady' Row

Stephen Fry has explained his decision to leave Twitter in an open letter, admitting that he has grown tired with “sanctimoniously self-righteous” people who he claims are too easily offended.


The British TV personality, well-known for his presence on social media, quit Twitter on Monday (15 February) morning, after coming under fire for comments he made while presenting the BAFTAs.

Stephen faced controversy for his jibes about Jenny Beavan

Stephen previously hit out at his critics after he was lambasted for a joke he made about costume designer Jenny Beavan, who he remarked had collected her BAFTA looking “like a bag lady”.

Later setting the record straight, he told his followers that Jenny was a “dear friend”, while suggesting his detractors should “fuck the fuck off”.

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