Alec Baldwin has plenty of prestigious titles in Hollywood (Emmy winner, Oscar nominee, the good Baldwin brother), but he added two more (arguably less prestigious) bragging rights to his resume this week: Celebrity booted from a plane and a Twitter quitter.
One day after Baldwin was kicked off of an American Airlines flights after refusing to stop playing his Words with Friends game and went on a Twitter rampage about the incident (one tweet read, “Flight attendant on American reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving. #nowonderamericaairisbankrupt”), the 30 Rock star deactivated his account from the social networking site in light of the controversy. (American Airlines has since released a statement regarding Baldwin’s ejection from his flight in which they claim that the actor ignored FAA regulations that ” all cell phones and electronic devices must be turned off for taxi-out and take-off” and then took his phone into the lavatory and began calling the crew inappropriate names.) In response to the story, Baldwin’s publicist tweeted on Wednesday, “hey @AMERICAN_AA: How come ok 4 other 1st class passengers 2 tweet while @alecbaldwin asked to leave while using his device? #hypocrisy.”
Baldwin himself gave fair warning about his Twitter departure. But he also said he’d come back to the site, telling his 600,000-plus followers on Tuesday night, “Let’s play a game called Mass Unfollowing. I want to crash this acct and start again. But, tonight at 10 PM NY time, unfollow me.” But, until that possible date, that means no more Occupy Wall Street update visits, no more Q&As, and definitely no more Words with Friends challenges. Then again, as is so often the case with stars who have quit Twitter, temporary often becomes permanent. Just ask John Mayer, James Franco, or Sinéad O’Connor. (Well, so long as you don’t ask them on Twitter, anyway.)
While some celebrities have come back around to share their every thought in 140 characters or less (it’s Miley!), here’s the rundown of some famous Twitter quitters:
Which stars who have quit Twitter would you like to see return, PopWatchers? Who do you wish had stayed off for good? Share in the comments section below!