The King of Twitter has given up the throne — or rather, the masses called for his head.
One of the social network's loudest tweeters, Ashton Kutcher, has handed his account over to his managers after a horrendous gaffe Wednesday night in the wake of the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
"How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste," Kutcher tweeted to his more than 8 million followers after the news broke.
Paterno was, of course, fired for his involvement in the ballooning child-rape scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Paterno told a grand jury that he knew of one alleged assault in 2002, but critics have slammed him for failing to do more.
Kutcher, 33, recanted and deleted the tweet almost immediately after a tsunami of backlash from his followers, saying he didn't have the full story and that he's been too busy working. Later, he tweeted that he "will stop tweeting until I find a way to properly manage this feed."
He followed that up at about 1 p.m. Thursday with a tweet linking to a blog post, where he said he'll hand responsibility for his feed over to his management.
"While I will continue to express myself through @Aplusk I'm going to turn the management of the feed over to my team at Katalyst Media to ensure the quality of it's content," Kutcher wrote in the post titled Twitter Management. "My sincere apologies to anyone who I have offended. It was a mistake that I don't think will happen again."
This is far from Kutcher's first tweet-gaffe, but certainly his worst. On Sept. 11 this year, he tweeted that it was "the best day of the year." The disastrously timed tweet was referring to the beginning of the football season.