Comedian Quits Twitter Following ‘Vile Abuse’ Aimed At His Family
UK comedian John Bishop has quit Twitter after his family suffered abuse from trolls.
The Liverpudlian, decided to quit the social network after receiving abuse directed at his wife and children.
The abuse started after Bishop posted a photo of himself behind the manager’s desk of Celtic’s official TV channel Celtic TV, joking:
“I was that good today playing five-a-side and coaching the rest of my team that I now have a new job!”
It is believed fans of rival team Rangers then flooded the comedian and his family with abusive messages.
The 47-year old, who is currently touring the UK, announced his decision over the weekend, posting:
“I am taking some time off Twitter. I can take anything but when scumbags have a forum to abuse people I love I think it's time to move away.”
Image via Mirror UK
The news comes following an outburst by the comedian, who responded angrily to one troll writing:
“… you are a s**thouse w****** who deserves no attention so you won't get any and you can rot in your own bile. You sad loser.”
The offending account has since been deleted.
Bishop, who has 2.7m followers on his account, actively updated his account while on tour, but made the call following continuous abuse from Twitter trolls.
His wife of 20 years, Melanie, has also removed her account from the social networking forum.