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Ashton Kutcher, one of Hollywood's most social-media savvy celebs, will be on Twitter no more -- at least not as casually as he was before making controversial comments defending Penn State football coach Joe Paterno earlier this week.
After temporarily closing down his Twitter account, which has more than 8.2 million followers, on Wednesday in order to "find a way to properly manage this feed," Kutcher has resolved how to maintain his integrity on the ubiquitous social media site. He's handing over responsibility of the stream to his management team at Katalyst Media.
Unlike many celebs, Kutcher was known for writing his 140-count updates himself. But it seems his candor has gotten him into trouble. The Two and a Half Men star defended Joe Paterno, who was fired for possibly helping to cover up alleged sexual abuse. "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste" he wrote on Wednesday night.
Kutcher later deleted that update during the controversial exchanges with his followers and has now decided that he's no longer capable of dealing with the feed himself.
"I feel responsible for delivering an informed opinion and not spreading gossip or rumors through my Twitter feed," Kutcher wrote in a blog post Thursday. "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 [than] a fun tool to communicate with people."
Explaining that he's "truely [sic] sorry if I offended anyone," Kutcher wrote that although he will continue to use Twitter, he is turning over day-to-day management of his account "to ensure the quality of its content."
"I'm just trying to be a good person," Kutcher twittered late Thursday night.