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Ashton Kutcher Quits Twitter (Sort Of)

Erin Carlson
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In the wake of his tone-deaf tweet about Penn State coach Joe Paterno, Ashton Kutcher has decided to hand over "management" of his Twitter feed to a team of handlers. In a slightly defensive post on the blogging platform Posterous, Kutcher writes:

Last night after returning home from work I walked by the television and simply saw a headline that Joe Paterno had been fired.  Having no more information than that, I assumed that he had been fired due to poor performance as an aging coach.  As a football fan and someone who had watched Joe's career move from that of legend/innovator to a head coach that fulfilled his duty in the booth, I assumed that the university had let him go due to football related issues.  With that assumption (how dare I assume) I posted a tweet defending his career.  I then when about my evening, had some dinner, did a little work, and about an hour later turned on ESPN where I got the full story.  I quickly went back on my twitter account and found a hailstorm of responses calling me an "idiot" and several other expletives that I've become accustom to hearing for almost anything I post.  I quickly retracted and deleted my previous post, however that didn't seem enough to satisfy people's outrage at my misinformed post.  I truly am sorry if I offended anyone and more over am going to take action to ensure that it doesn't happen again.

The embattled, scandal-generating sitcom star continued:

A collection of over 8 million followers is not to be taken for granted.  I feel responsible for delivering an informed opinion and not spreading gossip or rumors through my twitter feed.  While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans I've come to realize that it has grown into more that a fun tool to communicate with people.  While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of it's content.  My sincere apologies to anyone who I have offended. It was a mistake that I don't think will happen again.

Translation: Kutcher's PR will monitor his every tweet, thereby keeping a close watch on his increasingly painful foot-in-mouth disease. He cannot be trusted.

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