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Kurt Sutter Quits Twitter After Pinning AMC Woes on Matthew Weiner

Kurt Sutter.

Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has always been refreshingly willing to speak his mind on controversial subjects — even if his own cast or the Emmys might be offended — but his recent comments blaming Matthew Weiner for AMC's budget woes may have been a step too far. Sutter tweeted last week that the Mad Men showrunner's contract renegotiation "held AMC hostage [and] broke their bank," which meant that "budgets were slashed" for the channel's other shows, including The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad; yesterday, in the wake of the online dust storm he'd kicked up, Sutter decided to leave Twitter altogether. "Twitter was a fun ride," he said in his last dispatch. "All my comments were done in the service of free speech, humor and fan interaction. But ultimately, me having an instantaneous outlet for my darker impulses is not a good thing. I'm a guy who needs filters. Lots of them. It seems that my opinions turn into headlines and my black humor turns into tabloid fodder." Still, at least he'll continue maintaining his blog ... where he has already posted two stories about his flight from Twitter, joking, "Maybe I should get a radio show. NPR, Sirrius, what d'ya think? Kurt Sutter's Happy Hour?" [TwitLonger]

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