Ashton Kutcher Turns Twitter Feed Over to Media Handlers After Ill-Informed Joe Paterno Tweet


Taking over for Charlie Sheen on Two and a Half Men may have finally turned Ashton Kutcher into the off-screen wild man that eventually cost Sheen his role.

Kutcher tweeted his thoughts on Joe Paterno on Wednesday night, saying: "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste."

Kutcher has since apologized, and even turned over his Twitter feed to media handlers. He released the following:

"Up until [Thursday] I have posted virtually every one of my tweets on my own, but clearly the platform has become to big to be managed by a single individual.  When I started using twitter it was a communication platform that people could say what they are thinking in real time and if their facts where wrong the community would quickly and helpfully reframe an opinion.  It was a conversation, a community driven education tool, and opinion center that encouraged healthy debate.  It seems that [Thursday] 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.

"[Wednesday] night after returning home from work I walked by the television and simply saw a headline that Joe Paterno had been fired.  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.  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.

"A collection of over 8 million followers is not to be taken for granted.  I feel responsible for delivering an informed opinion and not spreading gossip or rumors through my twitter feed.  While I feel that running this feed myself gives me a closer relationship to my friends and fans I've come to realize that it has grown into more that a fun tool to communicate with people.  While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of it's content.  My sincere apologies to anyone who I have offended. It was a mistake that I don't think will happen again."

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