Louis C.K.’s Twitter account suddenly disappeared in November last year.
The comedian had long been an ardent (and profane) Tweeter, directing 140-character, expletive-laden barbs at Sarah Palin, ISIS, and Common Core, just to name a few. So it was somewhat surprising when his Twitter account seemed to simply vanish late last year.
This week, Louie visited The Opie Show to explain the motivation behind deleting his account.
“It didn’t make me feel good,” the comedian told host Gregg “Opie” Hughes. “It made me feel bad instead. So I stopped doing it.”
Every time I say anything on here, I wish I hadn’t said it. And then I’ll write a couple things to try to fix it, and then I feel worse. It’s just any time I tweeted anything, I was like, ‘Ugh, I don’t like the way that came out.’ And then four and a half million people saw it. Like it was the worst things I ever said, heard and seen by the most people. It’s like the worst possible scenario.”
“It’s too instant,” the comedian explained, telling Opie that he wasn’t bothered by trolls or criticism. “I don’t think the speed helps dialogue. I think it hurts. I think it’s why everything is kind of f***ed up and polarizing, because people are going too fast, they’re trying to react quickly.”
Louie told Opie he does not believe he was an entertaining tweeter, saying he mostly used his feed to promote his projects.
“It was just to get the word out,” C.K. said. “And then people go, ‘All you do is promote.’ Yeah, that’s what the f*** it is… I don’t like feeling like I ever need promotion. Every time you do a project, they’re like, ‘Will you please tweet about this?’ And now I get to say ‘I don’t have Twitter.'”
C.K. made headlines this week when he told radio host Howard Stern that he fantasized about having sex with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and the female anchors of Fox News.
Check out the audio of Louie’s interview on The Opie Show here.