Whoopi Goldberg & More Stars Quit Twitter After Elon Musk Takeover

The 'Sister Act' star announced she was leaving the platform during a 'Hot Topics' discussion on 'The View,' following news of layoffs and Kathy Griffin being suspended.

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  • Billionaire and Tesla CEO Elon Musk officially acquired Twitter on Oct. 27, 2022.
  • Upon the news of his taking control of the social media platform, many celebrities have announced they are quitting the app.
  • The weekend the sale was finalized the businessman took to Twitter to announce a plethora of potential changes to the app.
  • Whoopi Goldberg announced she would depart the platform on ‘The View.’

Many Hollywood celebrities are not pleased with Elon Musk, 51, acquiring Twitter on Oct. 27, 2022. The deal began in April 2022, and now six months later, he officially closed the $44 billion deal, per CNBC. Model Gigi Hadid, singer Sara BareillesGrey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes, and more have made public statements about their decision to delete the app since the Tesla founder’s acquisition. Below is a roundup of celebrities that have announced their grand Twitter exit.

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg announced she was going to step away from Twitter on ‘The View.’ (Christopher Peterson / SplashNews)

Whoopi Goldberg announced that she’d be departing the social platform on The View on Monday, November 7. She announced her decision after speaking about the recent layoffs and Kathy Griffin being suspended from the platform for impersonating Elon. The comedian did say she may return in the future, but for now, she’s out.  “I’m getting off today, because I just feel like it’s so messy. I’m tired of now having had certain kinds of attitude blocked and now they’re back on, and I’m just going to get out. If it settles down and I feel more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back, but as of tonight, I’m done with Twitter,” she said. Shortly after, she deactivated her account.

Gigi Hadid

Gigi, 27, announced her departure from Twitter on Nov. 4 via her Instagram Stories. “I deactivated my Twitter account today,” she wrote. “For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate and bigotry, and it’s not a place I want to be apart of. Only sorry to the fans who I’ve loved connecting with for a decade via Twitter, but I can’t say it’s a safe space for anyone, nor a social media platform that will do more good than harm.”

Sara Bareilles

“Love Song” singer Sara, 42, made it clear on Oct. 29, 2022, that she no longer wants be apart of the Twitter platform. “Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out. See you on other platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s just not for me,” she wrote along with a heart and prayer hands emoji. In response to her departure, some of her 2.8 million followers took to the replies to support the songstress in her decision. “Stunning and brave,” one follower wrote. But many of the replies were negative and celebrated Sara’s announcement.

Many of the comments included people asking who the musician was, as many did not remember her. “Who are you and why are you randomly in my notifications. But good luck I guess,” a separate user wrote. A second online hater added, “It’s Twitter not LAX, you don’t need to announce your departure.” As of Nov. 7, 2022, Sara’s official Twitter account is still active and has not been deleted.

Téa Leoni

Madam Secretary star Téa Leoni, 56, joined Sara in leaving Twitter on Oct. 29, 2022. “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. Love, kindness, and possibilities for all of you, thank you, xoxtéa,” the blonde bombshell wrote. Similar to the replies Sara got, others also gave Tea backlash for leaving.

One Twitter user took to the comments to suggest the 56-year-old should stay to add balance to the app. “If you leave they win. It’s that simple. Leaving a platform condemns it to being overtaken by everything you named. And now you aren’t even going to attempt to balance it. And that is indeed very sad,” the online critic said.

Shonda Rhimes

The incredibly successful TV producer Shonda, 52, called out Elon by name when she revealed she too is leaving the website. “Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned. Bye,” she wrote on Oct. 29. The Year of Yes author received criticism from followers, online haters, and even fans of her many hit TV shows. “How the woman behind How To Get Away With Murder – a show that stretched every norm, standard and right to speech (beautifully) – could say such a thing….just boggles me,” one person tweeted to Shonda.

Despite the plethora of hateful replies, one user chimed in to support the TV producer and her fans. “If yall don’t care that Ms. Rhimes is leaving, why are you commenting. If you don’t care, move on, simple as that. Keep scrolling no need to be rude. She could be making a statement or informing her followers, the ones that DO care, watch her shows, & look to her for show updates,” the admirer wrote.

Toni Braxton

“Un-Break My Heart” singer Toni Braxton, 55, was another woman to join the others in coming forward about her disdain for the new Twitter owner. Notably, the Grammy-winner cited “hate speech” for her decision. “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,” Toni wrote on Oct. 28, 2022.

One follower told Toni that leaving the platform is “not the answer” and expected a different outcome from the songstress. “Stepping away is not the answer, fight for what Twitter was designed for, BUT doing it on a positive platform. Choose the high road against hate,” they commented.

Marina Sirtis

Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis, 67, reportedly also took to Twitter on Oct. 28 to announce her exit, per NBC News. “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,” the starlet who played Deanna Troi wrote on the since-deleted account. Her publicist confirmed her departure to the news outlet upon Elon’s acquisition.

Elton John

“Rocket Man” legend Elton John, 75, took to Twitter to announce his departure from the platform on Friday, December 9, becoming the latest celebrity to take a stand. “All my life I’ve tried to use music to bring people together,” he wrote in the early morning hours. “Yet it saddens me to see how misinformation is now being used to divide our world.   I’ve decided to no longer use Twitter, given their recent change in policy which will allow misinformation to flourish unchecked.”