by Ann Oldenburg, USA TODAY
Dr. Phil has caused such a stir with his now-deleted drunk-girl tweet that he will probably go down in Celeb Deleted-Tweet history.
On Tuesday, Dr. Phil came under fire for writing: "If a girl is drunk, is it OK to have sex with her? Reply yes or no to @drphil #teensaccused."
Humor, outrage and trending ensued.
A show rep tells USA TODAY that the tweet "was intended to evoke discussion leading into a very serious show topic ... It was a poll question, not a statement or a joke."
It was "not a personal post," the statement says, "and Dr. Phil deleted it the second he saw it. It was clearly ill-advised. We sincerely apologize that it suggested anything other than what was intended, data gathering. As you can imagine, Dr. Phil is very upset that this happened."
In the meantime, it's a reminder of all the celeb de-tweeters who have come before him.
Some of them:
• Justin Bieber shared and deleted a photo of himself with Selena Gomez at a time when they were said to be broken up.
• Oprah Winfrey had to apologize for a plea to fans last year. "Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box," Winfrey wrote on Twitter just after 9 p.m. on Sunday, just as a new episode of her interview show Oprah's Next Chapter began. She later deleted it an apologized after Nielsen told her she had broken the rules.
• Newsroom star Alison Pill accidentally tweeted a photo of her bare chest last year to her 13,500 followers. She deleted it, but also gamely copped to it, saying, "Yep. That picture happened. Ugh, My tech issues have now reached new heights, apparently."
• Rolling Stone editor Christian Hoard fired off a comment on Twitter in response to the backlash over the magazine's cover story of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. He deleted it and apologized later, calling it a "sarcastic remark."
• Geraldo Rivera tweeted a shirtless selfie last month, then thought better of it and deleted it.
• Alec Baldwin shut down his entire Twitter account last month after going on a tirade against a reporter who said the star's wife, Hilaria, was tweeting during James Gandolfini's funeral.
• Ashton Kutcher was an early and prolific tweeter, garnering more than 1 million followers in 2009, but he has since turned his Twitter over to his management team. One item that left him burned was a 2011 tweet in which he defended disgraced Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.
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