Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter has some in Hollywood heading for the exit.
“Grey’s Anatomy” creator Shonda Rhimes and others in the entertainment industry say they plan to quit the platform now that it is owned by Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” who has vowed to make sweeping changes — including potentially reversing the ban on former President Donald Trump.
“Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye,” Rhimes tweeted to her nearly 2 million Twitter followers Saturday afternoon, two days after Musk closed his $44 billion deal to purchase the service.
Here’s a running list of other folks from the overlapping worlds of television, movies, music and sports who say they plan to leave.
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter tweeted to her nearly 3 million followers Sunday: “Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on the other platforms, peeps.
“Sorry, this one’s just not for me,” Bareilles added, capping her post with heart and prayer-hands emojis.
In a tweet to her nearly 2 million followers Friday, the Grammy-winning R&B star decried the content she said she had seen on Twitter since Musk’s takeover, writing in part: “I’m shocked and appalled at some of the ‘free speech’ I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition.
“Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech’ is unacceptable; therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons and other POC,” Braxton added, using an initialism for people of color.
Foley, a retired professional wrestler and actor, said in a post on his public, verified Facebook page that he is taking a “break” from Twitter “since the new ownership — and the misinformation and hate it seems to be encouraging — has my stomach in a knot.”
“I really do enjoy connecting with all of you on social media, but it can get overwhelming sometimes. I think I’ll be back on in a few weeks, but in the meantime, I will continue to post on Facebook and Instagram,” Foley wrote Friday. “I hope all of you will be kind to one another.
“Please vote if you can too — our democracy seems to be hanging on by a thread,” he added. (Foley’s Twitter account appears to have been deactivated.)
Goldberg, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning co-host of “The View,” announced on the ABC talk show Monday that she is “done with Twitter” for the time being.
“I’m going to get out, and if it settles down and I feel more comfortable maybe I’ll come back,” Goldberg said on the show.
Goldberg’s account appeared to be deactivated as of Monday afternoon. Goldberg’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The model deactivated her Twitter account on Friday and explained her decision in a post on Instagram, writing in part that the social media platform was “becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry.”
“I can’t say it’s a safe place for anyone, not a social platform that will do more good than harm,” Hadid wrote on Instagram.
Koppelman, a co-creator of the Showtime dramas “Billions” and “Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber,” recently tweeted: “Y’all’s, for real, come find me over on instagram and the tok. Gonna really try to take a breather from here for a minute or a month come deal close time.”
In an email, Larsen confirmed he is finished with Twitter.
“Yeah, I left. I said I would leave if Musk bought Twitter. Musk bought Twitter,” he said. “So, I had no choice. The move only emboldened those most toxic users. The racists, ‘patriots’ and creeps are back in full force.”
“I have no regrets,” he added.
Leoni, an actor best known for starring on the CBS political drama “Madam Secretary,” tweeted to her roughly 124,000 followers Saturday: “Hi everyone. I’m coming off Twitter today—let’s see where we are when the dust settles.
“Today the dust has revealed too much hate, too much in the wrong direction,” Leoni added. “Love, kindness, and possibilities for all of you.”
Morrison, a comic book artist and illustrator who has worked on projects in “The Simpsons” media universe, confirmed in a message on LinkedIn that he deactivated his Twitter account because of Musk’s takeover.
“I thought I might wait to see if he reinstated Trump’s account, but decided that there were plenty of reasons to leave even absent of a Trump return,” Morrison said.
Olin, an executive producer of the NBC show “This Is Us” and a former star of the ABC drama series “Thirtysomething,” tweeted to his roughly 293,000 followers that he is “out of here.” He then made a plea for kindness and peace.
Sirtis, an actor best known for playing Deanna Troi in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” deactivated her account and left the platform after the Musk takeover, her publicist confirmed in an email.
“If I needed confirmation that leaving Twitter was the right move, Musk’s tweet about the attack on Paul Pelosi (which he later deleted) and the avalanche of hate that I received when I announced I was leaving, reinforced my decision,” Sirtis said in a statement.
The actor had vowed to leave in a tweet on Friday, writing: “I’m sorry but I cannot be a part of anything owned by #ELONMUSK and his cabal of deplorable’s. I’ll stay on for a couple of days so that we can say goodbye but after that I’m gone.”
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Sullenberger, the retired “Miracle on the Hudson” pilot who managed to land an airliner in the Hudson River without the loss of a single life in 2009, tweeted Wednesday that he “will be taking a step back from the platform for now.”
He told his followers to find him on Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram.
Winter, an actor and filmmaker best known for playing Bill in the “Bill & Ted” film series alongside Keanu Reeves, locked his Twitter account sometime after Musk’s acquisition. His bio on the site now says “Not here” and links to his Instagram profile.
“Elon Musk taking over Twitter and making it a private company with less oversight has immediately made the platform more prone to hate speech, targeted attacks, and the spread of disinformation,” Winter said in an email. “If Twitter returns to being a public company run by rational actors, many of us will return.”