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Stephen Fry quits Twitter over Bafta row

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 16/02/2016

Backlash: Stephen Fry
Backlash: Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry has quit Twitter following a backlash over his poorly-received "bag lady" comment at the Bafta awards.

The awards host was hit with abuse when he remarked of Jenny Beavan, who won the Bafta for costume design for Mad Max: Fury Road: "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to the awards ceremony dressed like a bag lady."

He deleted his Twitter account after an expletive-filled rant to the "sanctimonious f******" who had complained about his comment.

Fry explained it was a joke between friends, writing: "So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Bevan (sic) a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr."

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