Louis C.K. reveals why he quit Twitter: "I think it's why everything is kind of f**ked up and polarizing"

Also, "Louie" season 5 had a "stupid" storyline he abandoned -- because he wrote it while he was high [UPDATED]

Published April 16, 2015 8:51PM (EDT)

Louis C.K. in "Louie"       (FX/KC Bailey)
Louis C.K. in "Louie" (FX/KC Bailey)

This post has been updated.

Yesterday it came out that Louis C.K. apologized to Sarah Palin for a vile Twitter rant he went on in 2010, which included bizarre statements like "I want to rub my father’s cock all over Sarah Palin’s fat tits." Today on an interview with SiriusXM's "Opie Radio," Louie explained why he decided to quit Twitter — and the answer makes total sense.

"It didn't make me feel good. It made me feel bad instead. So I stopped doing it,” said C.K, expressing a sentiment that a lot of celebrities (Lena Dunham, Iggy Azealea etc.) have shared as of late. "Any time I tweeted anything I was like, 'Ugh don't like the way that came out.' And then four and a half million people saw it! It was the worst things I ever said, heard and seen by the most people. It's the worst possible scenario.”

"It's too instant, I don't think the speed helps dialogue," C.K. continued. "I think it's why everything is kind of fucked up and polarizing, because people are going too fast, they're trying to react too quickly.”

Speaking of regrets: C.K. also shared a story about an abandoned storyline for the fifth season of "Louie," which he wrote while he was high. While he had planned to take a year-long break between season four and five, a pot-smoking session triggered an idea for a plot arc involving the return of Doug Stanhope’s suicidal comic Eddie, wherein he and Louie would open a comedy club together. He called up FX and at the last-minute they were able to cobble together a deal for an eight-episode season.

He woke up the next morning feeling like he'd made a huge mistake. "I woke up and I looked at all the shit I wrote when I was high, and I was like, 'This is terrible stuff!' I didn't use a single idea. I had 10 pages written, 10 stoned pages," he said. "It was just so stupid. I made a huge decision that had impacts on my, and a lot of peoples' lives — cause a lot of people work for me — and I was stoned at the time!"

Still, he says he doesn’t smoke weed too often. "I'm very paranoid about drug use, so if I get high twice a week, I'm like, 'I have a problem,' and I stop," he said. "I don't think it's good for comics, getting high, it takes your will away and it makes you too comfortable. And I got kids — I can't fuck around with that shit."

You can listen to the full interview here and here.

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