Ashton Kutcher Quits Twitter -- Sort Of

Ashton Kutcher is handing his Twitter account over to his management team after posting a tweet supporting deposed Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher took a beating after tweeting his support of disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno before he knew the full story. Now the star says he is handing the reigns to his account over to his management team since he obviously can't be trusted to handle it himself.

"Up until today I have posted virtually every one of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become [too] big to be managed by a single individual," Kutcher wrote on his blog.

"It seems that today that Twitter has grown into a mass publishing platform, where ones tweets quickly become news that is broadcasted around the world and misinformation becomes volatile fodder for critics."

"Last night after returning home from work I walked by the television and simply saw a headline that Joe Paterno had been fired," Kutcher explained. "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.

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"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.

"While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans… I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of its content. My sincere apologies to anyone who I have offended. It was a mistake that I don't think will happen again," Kutcher wrote.

With over 8.2 million followers, Kutcher is one of the most popular celebrities on Twitter. This gaffe is just the latest thing to bring bad press to the Two and a Half Men actor: He stands accused of cheating on wife Demi Moore with a San Diego party girl.

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