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'Not hanging around': Celebs throw EPIC TANTRUMS after Elon Musk's $44B Twitter takeover

'Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye,' wrote Shonda Rhimes
UPDATED OCT 31, 2022
Elon Musk who purchased Twitter for $44 billion, altered his bio to 'Chief Twit' while proudly posting, 'The bird is freed' (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIME)
Elon Musk who purchased Twitter for $44 billion, altered his bio to 'Chief Twit' while proudly posting, 'The bird is freed' (Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIME)

The Space X billionaire Elon Musk is now the new owner of Twitter after a $44 billion takeover. It seems that Hollywood is not happy about it. Many celebrities announced on Twitter that they are quitting the widely used social media platform.

When Elon Musk revealed his intention to purchase Twitter in April, there was a great deal of debate. Numerous people, including a number of Hollywood celebrities, threatened to stop using the well-known microblogging service, WION News reported. After purchasing the firm for $44 billion, he altered his Twitter bio to "Chief Twit," and he proudly posted, "The bird is freed." From Shonda Rhimes to Jameela Jamil, here are all the celebrities that bid goodbye to Twitter. 


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Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes, the creator and powerhouse producer of 'Grey's Anatomy', sent a message on Saturday to her 1.9 million followers, "Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye."


Television producer Shonda Rhimes speaks at the 2016 Vulture Festival at Milk Studios on May 22, 2016 in New York City.
Shonda Rhimes, the creator and powerhouse producer of 'Grey's Anatomy' (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Vulture Festival) 

Ken Olin

Ken Olin, executive producer of 'This Is Us', announced to his 300,000 followers on Friday, "I'm out of here," having earlier promised, "The day @elonmusk takes ownership of Twitter, I'm out." "No judgement," he continued, "Let’s keep the faith. Let’s protect our democracy. Let’s try to be kinder. Let’s try to save the planet. Let’s try to be more generous. Let’s look to find peace in the world."
He stated that he would rather try Tribel social. 


Actor Ken Olin  arrives at the Premiere of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures'
Actor Ken Olin says he would try Tribel social (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Sara Bareilles

In response to criticism from Hollywood following Elon Musk's takeover of the social media site just days earlier, Sara Bareilles said she was leaving Twitter, Fox Business reported. "Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on other platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s just not for me," the actress wrote. Bareilles, who wrote the Broadway adaptation of 'Waitress' and is famous for her 2007 debut hit 'Love Song', joined a few other influential people in departing the site. 


Alex Winter

Alex Winter, the star of 'Bill & Ted', also appears to have left Musk-acquired Twitter. He deleted his tweets, left a Linktree address behind, and published a meme about Musk taking over the site, depicting Musk as one of the Three Musketeers alongside Kanye West and former President Donald Trump, according to the Hollywood Reporter

Alex Winter attends Focus Features' premiere of
Alex Winter appears to have left Twitter (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Jameela Jamil

Jameela Jamil, star of  'She Hulk' left Twitter in April when Elon started talking about the acquisition. She later returned in July after it appeared that Elon had backed out of the agreement, as per the Fox Business report. She wrote, "One good thing about Elon buying twitter is that I will *FINALLY* leave and stop being a complete menace to society on here. So it’s win win for you all really."


Jameela Jamil walks the red carpet during the 71st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on September 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
Jameela Jamil quit Twitter in April (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for IMDb)

In an earlier post, Elon tweeted, "The reason I acquired Twitter is because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence. There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right wing and far left wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society."


Others on the Left, however, are enjoining users to continue expressing their opinions on the site at least until the next midterm elections. Rob Reiner, a director, and activist who had previously voiced opposition to Musk seizing control of the platform, tweeted, "For those who are fighting to preserve our Constitutional Democracy, now is not the time to leave Twitter. Now is the time to VOTE BLUE!"


Other progressives on the site claim that while they're still there, for the time being, they will undoubtedly leave as soon as Trump's Twitter account is reinstated, which Musk has said he'll probably do, Hollywood Reporter reported.

In response to news of a sharp increase in the usage of racial insults on the site, Lebron James also offered some advice. He wrote, "I dont know Elon Musk and, tbh, I could care less who owns twitter. But I will say that if this is true, I hope he and his people take this very seriously because this is scary AF. So many damn unfit people saying hate speech is free speech."


Twitter has been gradually losing its most active users, the 10% of heavy tweeters who compose 90% of all tweets, according to a recent Reuters study. The report reads, "These "heavy tweeters" account for less than 10% of monthly overall users but generate 90% of all tweets and half of global revenue."