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Stephen Fry Discusses BAFTA Crowd Hostility

Stephen Fry Was No Stranger to Award Show Hostility, Even Before Sunday's BAFTAs

Stephen Fry found himself in hot water after comments he made whilst hosting the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday. After costume designer Jenny Beavan picked up her award, the host quipped, "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady." The comment got a mixture of boos and laughs from the audience, and Twitter people immediately started to attack Fry for his words, calling him out on his rudeness and suggesting an apology was in order. He responded to the criticism by explaining that he and Beavan are old friends and that she took his "joshing" in the spirit it was meant. He even posted a picture of the two of them at the afterparty. But the abuse didn't end there, and Fry — after tweeting some choice expletives — eventually deleted his account entirely.

Disappointing as his decision may have been (he's no casual tweeter — he was actually one of the first celebrities to ever join the social network), he did foreshadow it in an interview with Jonathan Ross a few days before. When discussing his job hosting the show, Fry explained that the atmosphere in the room slowly changes as more awards are announced, and you have to be careful to "hold it together." Clearly, sometimes, that atmosphere affects the viewers at home, too. Fry has since written a blog post explaining why he's decided to leave (for now at least). In short, it's not as much fun as it used to be.

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