Stephen goes to Hollywood, but it's nothing to do with Twitter spat
Published 16/02/2016 | 16:16
Stephen Fry is moving to Los Angeles - but claims it has nothing to do with the backlash from his Baftas "bag lady" joke.
He quit Twitter on Monday hours after being hounded on the social media site for his jesting comment about Bafta costume design winner Jenny Beavan, saying: "Too many people have peed in the pool for you to want to swim there any more."
Fry, 58, is quitting the UK as well as he moves to Hollywood with husband Elliott Spencer for several months for a pre-arranged project.
A spokesman said: "Stephen Fry has had plans to work on a new writing project in Los Angeles for the spring months in place in the diary for some time now, and there is no connection with this and recent comments in the press about his decision to remove his Twitter account."
Spencer, 28, who married the QI host in January last year, told The Sun, he was planning to find work in the US.
"We're moving to Los Angeles and I'm applying for a green card. We're excited about having a new base," he said.
Fry has been under fire in the UK since Sunday when he said of Beavan - who collected her trophy for Mad Max: Fury Road in trousers, a leather jacket and scarf - that "only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards dressed as a bag lady".
After criticism on Twitter and audible boos in the auditorium, Fry tweeted: "So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She's a dear friend and she got it. Derrr."
He added: "Will all you sanctimonious f****** f*** the f*** off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate. Christ I want to leave the planet."
Fry announced his retirement from his long-term role as host of BBC Two quiz QI in October, leaving him free from the show's filming commitments.