Damon Lindelof Bows Out of Twitter

Showbiz heavyweight was active voice on platform but also faced hostility from users

“Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof has long been one of showbiz’s most active voices on Twitter, but the caustic environment may have become too much for the showrunner.

Chatter in social media Wednesday speculated that Lindelof had decided to stop posting via Twitter. His @damonlindelof Twitter page no longer exists, per Twitter’s error message. Lindelof’s most recent tweet, sent at 1:21 p.m. Monday, trails off mid-sentence, perhaps meant to indicate a “Sopranos”-like finale: “After much thought and deliberation, I’ve decided t”

Lindelof was among the first film and TV producers to embrace Twitter as a forum for communicating directly with fans and other showbiz peers. But as Lindelof and others have discovered, Twitter can be akin to talkradio — it tends to bring out the haters. While he gathered hundreds of thousands of devoted followers, he was also often faced with messages deriding him for what the sender viewed as the shortcomings of “Lost” or other Lindelof film and TV projects.

In September, fans took to the social medium to tell him — often in harsh words — that they believed Vince Gilligan’s “Breaking Bad” finale was far superior to the polarizing finale of “Lost.” Lindelof’s course of action was to retweet the comments, suggesting either he agreed with them or didn’t have the time or energy to respond to all of them. This subject has been a touchy one for Lindelof, who also sent expletive-fueled tweets directed at “Game of Thrones'” George R.R. Martin when the other scribe told the New Yorker he was unhappy with “Lost’s” finale.

As noted by Hitfix TV critic Alan Sepinwall:

Lindelof could not immediately be reached for comment.

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  1. Jerry says:

    Why would it even matter to Variety when a celeb quits some social media site? Presumably he is free to spend his free time doing whatever he wants to. As to Twitter being a toxic environment and all that? If people hate you, or want to push your buttons, then no social site is safe, is it? Lindlelof will be the guy people love to hate until he disappears into obscurity, or creates something that eclipses Lost, I guess. I wish him luck, as he is clearly talented enough to have made us all care about people stuck on an island for 5 years. In his defense, Lost was an ongoing show, not a finite series, and 22 episodes a year eats story ideas voraciously. By the time ABC gave approval for their end game, the show had sprouted too many loose-end-filler-ideas to resolve neatly. And fan speculation produced too many good theories on the ending. We’ve seen that happen before, famously with Star Wars, as an example. Fan speculation was superior to the actual Star Wars ending.

  2. Sam says:

    Variety did you even bother to do more research? “On hiatus until the government shutdown ends. Los Angeles, California.”

    Doesn’t matter

  3. MC says:

    Now if we could only get him to stop writing movies…

  4. Mauro says:

    Ugh people are such inconsiderate morons. Hope all those idiots that couldn’t write their way out of a wet paper bag and nailed him to the boards for no reason are happy that he’s Gone now. A few stupid tweets ruined the bunch. I don’t blame him at all. The loss is at the expense of his real fans.

  5. Mich says:

    I just don’t care. Sorry. I wish Damon lots of luck and I look forward to more TV and movies from him, but his quitting Twitter I just don’t care about. Again, sorry.

  6. lollinhard says:

    …o start a tumblr.

  7. ShotGaming says:

    Looks like he is saving all his rambling, incoherent and poorly written thoughts for movie scripts now

  8. Bender says:

    All due to those dicks who wouldn’t quit annoying him about LOST finale. Even if you didn’t like it to actually bother him constantly like those people did is pathetic.

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