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Stephen Fry quits Twitter following the backlash over his 'bag lady' Bafta joke

Bafta host Stephen Fry appears to have deleted his Twitter account.

The QI presenter faced heavy criticism following comments he made about the winner of the award for costume design at the ceremony.

Stephen Fry on stage (Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock)

Stephen Fry on stage (Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock)

 

Jenny Beavan won the prize for Mad Max: Fury Road, took to the stage in trousers, a leather jacket and a scarf, promoting Stephen to comment: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards dressed as a bag lady.”

He then took to Twitter to explain that the two were friends and blasted people who were criticising him.

Jenny Beavan on stage with her Bafta (Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock)

Jenny Beavan on stage with her Bafta (Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock)

 

He tweeted: “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 added: “Will all you sanctimonious f****** f*** the f*** off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate.

“Christ I want to leave the planet.”

He said they had worked together on Gosford Park and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.

Stephen also later tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Jenny, writing: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party.”

Fans on Twitter have been amused:

It's also strange that Stephen Fry wouldn't immediately dismiss and ignore those pious folk. Their grumblings are meaningless. #BagLadyGate

— Adam Lowes (@adlow76) February 15, 2016

 

Stephen Fry made an offensive comment and deleted twitter when people pointed out he was kinda rude pic.twitter.com/XO8cMJnQeV

— James Snow (@Frumple_James) February 15, 2016

 

I make this the fifth time that Stephen Fry has flounced off Twitter. Your business is being in the news. Get over yourself, christ.

— papi kris ✌✨ (@kristiancarter) February 15, 2016

 

Does anyone really care that Stephen Fry left Twitter (again)? Just set up a bot tweeting "tosh" & "woopsie" every 10mins, no one'll notice

— Terry Funky Weapon (@veidtlemania) February 15, 2016

 

My objection to Stephen Fry: if you've got a little in joke, lovely. FIVE MILLION PEOPLE WATCHING DON'T KNOW THAT.

— Scottieboy (@merseytart) February 15, 2016

 

If I had a quid for every time Stephen Fry quit Twitter. I'd have three quid.

— Steve Fisher (@techbeachinc) February 15, 2016