British comic Stephen Fry has "quit" Twitter following the backlash from a joke he made while hosting Monday's British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.
Stephen Fry quits Twitter over a joke
A short comment from the BAFTA Awards ceremony host sparks an online uproar.
The actor, who has hosted the BAFTAs for 15 years and had more than 12 million Twitter followers, came under fire after referring to Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan's appearance.
"Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady," he said.
After being lambasted on the social media platform for his "misogynistic" remarks he fired back at critics.
"Will all you sanctimonious f--kers f--k the f--k off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet," he said.
Prior to deactivating his popular account he tweeted a photo of the pair from an after party with the caption: "Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry."
Beavan herself has hosed down the controversy saying she was not offended by Fry's remark.
"Yes we are friends, and I am absolutely not upset, but I don't want to talk any further because if I talk about it it will just create more fuss," she told The Telegraph.
Fry also came under fire for his introduction of The Theory of Everything and The Danish Girl star Eddie Redmayne: "He has been a man trapped in his own body, a woman trapped in a man's body and, if I had my way, a man trapped in my basement."
Following the awards Fry published a statement on his official website entitled "Too many people have peed in the pool".
"Think of it as not much more than leaving a room," he wrote. "I like to believe I haven't slammed the door, much less stalked off in a huff throwing my toys out of the pram as I go or however one should phrase it. It's quite simple really: the room had started to smell. Really quite bad.
"...let us grieve at what twitter has become. A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended – worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know."
Australian actor Rebel Wilson also raised virtual eyebrows with her race and LGBTIQ jibes when presenting an award.
"I've never been to the Oscars, because as you know, they are racist," she said at London's Royal Opera House. "But BAFTA have diverse members and that's what we all want to see in life, isn't it? Diverse members. One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practising my transgender face."