Lindelof hinted at his imminent departure on Monday with what ended up being his last tweet, which cuts off mid-sentence in what Variety believes is a possible ode to the controversial finale of "The Sopranos":
"After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided t"
As of today, his @damonlindelof Twitter page no longer exists.
Lindelof had hundreds of thousands of followers but recently had experienced the dark side of Twitter as it tends to bring out the haters. Lindelof is one of the most celebrated screenwriters in Hollywood, though he might have as many detractors as he does fans — and the anonymity of the Internet often means gloves are off when it comes to criticism.
Most recently, several fans took to Twitter to express their belief that Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" finale was far superior to the polarizing closing chapter of "Lost." According to Variety, Lindelof, whose other writing credits include "Prometheus," "Cowboys & Aliens," and "Star Trek Into Darkness," responded by simply retweeting the comments, perhaps foreshadowing his Twitter departure with not putting up a fight.
Damon Lindelof certainly isn't the first Hollywood type to say bon voyage to the Twittersphere. Here are some other celebs who decided to take a break — either temporarily or permanently — for one reason or another.
Earlier this summer, Daily Mail reporter George Stark accused Alec Baldwin's wife Hilaria of posting a series of upbeat tweets during the funeral of James Gandolfini. The "30 Rock" star flew off the handle on Twitter, threatening to "f--- up" the reporter. After he was forced to apologize, Baldwin quit Twitter for good, saying it was a "waste of time." "It's just another chink in your armor for people to come and kill you," Baldwin said to Vanity Fair. "I stopped and said to myself, 'I'm going to try where I just don't do this any more.'"
The newly controversial pop star has since returned to Twitter, but back in October 2009, Miley Cyrus closed her account ... upon the request of her then-new-boyfriend, future "The Hunger Games" star Liam Hemsworth.
"FYI Liam doesn't have a twitter and he wants ME to delete mine with good reason," she said in her final tweet.
The "Transformers" and "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" beauty joined Twitter on January 3 of this year ... and by January 9 had thrown in the towel. Her account is still active, but her last tweet is as follows:
5 days on Twitter and I have yet to discern it's purpose. #WhatIsThePoint ???
— Megan Fox (@meganfox) January 9, 2013
We've found it's better not to dwell on such existential ponderings.
The ever-multi-tasking actor, director, teacher, artist and student is alive and well on Twitter, though he notably deleted his account on April 1, 2011, upon the aftermath of his ill-fated Oscar hosting gig with Anne Hathaway.
However, Franco reactivated his account in December of that year and became a formidable Twitter presence again by January 2012.
Ashton Kutcher currently has a Twitter account, though he handed the tweeting reins over to management in November 2011 after his controversial Joe Paterno tweet.
On November 9, the "Two and a Half Men" star tweeted, "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste," which understandably inspired a slew of angry replies. Kutcher later deleted the tweet and apologized on his blog, saying that he was reacting to Paterno being fired without knowing the circumstances surrounding the Penn State head coach's dismissal and the Jerry Sandusky child molestation case.
On November 10, Kutcher engaged in a self-imposed tweeting ban. "As an advocate in the fight against child sexual exploitation, I could not be more remorseful for all involved in the Penn St. case. 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," he wrote in a series of tweets.
Pop star Demi Lovato has actually quit Twitter twice. The former child star of "Barney & Friends" had raised controversy by using the site to slam God, Disney and post cryptic messages that raised doubts about her relationship with Wilmer Valderrama, which prompted a self-imposed Twitter exile in January 2012.
"Twitter break. It's for the best actually. Who allows me to have this thing anyways? I just get myself in trouble! Haha. Anyway, bye," she tweeted on January 21, 2012, to the dismay of her 5.6 million followers.
Lovato quit Twitter again less than a year later after ranting about only surrounding yourself with people you can trust.
"I don't get how people get 'stories' from very vague twitter posts…About friendship….??" she tweeted on January 3, 2013. "Blehh. I really love my fans but I hate gossip sites…Gonna take a breather from twitter..I love y'all!"
She's currently back on Twitter and tweeting away.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
We didn't really know what Jennifer Love Hewitt did this summer as she took something of a break from Twitter. JLH announced her pregnancy and engagement to her "The Client List" co-star Brian Hallisay in June and a month later commenced with a break from the social media site.
"Unfortunately with all the negativity people choose to send on twitter as well as threats to their own well being, I'm sad to say twitter is no longer for me," Hewitt tweeted on July 3. "I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support. But this break is needed. Life should be filled with positivity and holding each other up, not making threats and sending bad vibes."
JLH has tweeted only sporadically ever since, though she did tweet today:
DJ Jimmy Lee@ftvco You were amazing. Thanks for spinning the perfect tunes!
— Jennifer Love Hewitt (@TheReal_Jlh) October 16, 2013
Keep bringing those good vibes, lady! Twitter needs 'em.
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