The QI presenter faced heavy criticism following comments he made about the winner of the award for costume design at the ceremony.
Stephen Fry on stage (Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock)
Jenny Beavan won the prize for Mad Max: Fury Road, took to the stage in trousers, a leather jacket and a scarf, promoting Stephen to comment: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards dressed as a bag lady.”
He then took to Twitter to explain that the two were friends and blasted people who were criticising him.
Jenny Beavan on stage with her Bafta (Jonathan Hordle/REX Shutterstock)He tweeted: “So just a word to the tragic figures who think calling Jenny Beavan a bag lady was an insult. She’s a dear friend and she got it. Derrr.”
He added: “Will all you sanctimonious f****** f*** the f*** off Jenny Beavan is a friend and joshing is legitimate.
“Christ I want to leave the planet.”
He said they had worked together on Gosford Park and Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows.
Stephen also later tweeted a picture of himself with his arm around Jenny, writing: “Jenny Baglady Beavan and Stephen Outrageous Misogynist Swine Fry at the #EEBAFTAs after party.”
Fans on Twitter have been amused:
It's also strange that Stephen Fry wouldn't immediately dismiss and ignore those pious folk. Their grumblings are meaningless. #BagLadyGate
— Adam Lowes (@adlow76) February 15, 2016
Stephen Fry made an offensive comment and deleted twitter when people pointed out he was kinda rude pic.twitter.com/XO8cMJnQeV
— James Snow (@Frumple_James) February 15, 2016
I make this the fifth time that Stephen Fry has flounced off Twitter. Your business is being in the news. Get over yourself, christ.
— papi kris ✌✨ (@kristiancarter) February 15, 2016
Does anyone really care that Stephen Fry left Twitter (again)? Just set up a bot tweeting "tosh" & "woopsie" every 10mins, no one'll notice
— Terry Funky Weapon (@veidtlemania) February 15, 2016
My objection to Stephen Fry: if you've got a little in joke, lovely. FIVE MILLION PEOPLE WATCHING DON'T KNOW THAT.
— Scottieboy (@merseytart) February 15, 2016
If I had a quid for every time Stephen Fry quit Twitter. I'd have three quid.
— Steve Fisher (@techbeachinc) February 15, 2016