Ashton Dumps Twitter (for Now) After Paterno Gaffe

Kutcher apologizes for originally defending Penn State coach
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2011 12:33 PM CST
Ashton Kutcher on Twitter Break After Penn State-Joe Paterno Gaffe
Ashton Kutcher speaks onstage at the GQ's Gentlemen's Ball Presented By Gentleman Jack, Land Rover, Movado, and Nautica at The Edison Ballroom on October 26, 2011 in New York City.   (Getty Images)

Ashton Kutcher is handing over the keys to the social medium he once dominated: The actor made arguably his worst Twitter gaffe ever yesterday when he defended former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, tweeting, “How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste.” The social media site exploded with anger at Kutcher, who later removed the original tweet and said he didn’t know the “full story” at the time. Then, last night, he wrote, “As of immediately I will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed. I feel awful about this error. Won’t happen again.”

It certainly won't: Kutcher announced in a blog post that he's turning over management of his Twitter feed to "my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of it's (sic) content." And so on Gawker, Adrian Chen calls Kutcher’s Twitter silence “the only good thing to come out of the Penn State scandal.” (Read more Ashton Kutcher stories.)

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