| 15.1°C Dublin

'I feel my underwear drawer has been rifled through by a pervert' - Stephen Fry says he was 'hounded off' Instagram

Close

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 19:  Comedians Stephen Fry (L) and Elliott Spencer attend the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California.  (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for  US-IRELAND ALLIANCE)

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Comedians Stephen Fry (L) and Elliott Spencer attend the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-IRELAND ALLIANCE)

SANTA MONICA, CA - FEBRUARY 19: Comedians Stephen Fry (L) and Elliott Spencer attend the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for US-IRELAND ALLIANCE)

British actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry has quit Instagram, saying he has been "hounded off" the photo sharing site.

He has more than 90,000 followers who have journeyed with him since 2013, but yesterday he posted his final image - a blank, black photo - before quitting the app.

Newspapers, as ever, suck all the joy out of everything. Closing down. It was, briefly, fun. Bye.

A photo posted by Stephen Fry (@stephenfryactually) on

He signed off with, “Newspapers, as ever, suck all the joy out of everything. Closing down. It was, briefly, fun. Bye.” and changed his bio on the site to read, “Hounded Off. Goodbye.”

Countless fans responded by asking him to return and asking him why he was leaving, to which he responded, “Oh just a snide Daily M thing that someone insisted on showing me thinking I’d be amused. It’s not wildly vile but enough to make me feel that my underwear drawer has been rifled through by a pervert… So I’ve given up on this little avenue of harmless amusement.”

One fan wrote, "those haters hate all. Don't feel special. But so feel special knowing that I and countless others love you unconditionally, you fabulous person. Much love".

Another said, "Yours is easily the most interesting and sweet Instagram profile, Stephen. Hope to see more of your wonderful posts soon".

The star, a prolific tweeter (he even announced he had wed his partner Elliot Spencer on the social networking site), has also taken a break from Twitter, to return in May.

Online Editors