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Sir David Attenborough Says He Won't Be Back On Instagram

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Sir David Attenborough Says He Won't Be Back On Instagram

Sir David Attenborough set a new record when he joined Instagram last year, becoming the fastest account to hit one million followers, however it seems as though the 'gram isn't Sir David's cup of tea and he's now said he won't be using the site again.

The 94-year-old bona fide National Treasure, joined Instagram in September and within four hour and 44 minutes had already got his first one million followers.

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But just two months later, he updated his bio to read: "Account no longer active," as he took a step away from the social media site.

And it seems as though we'll never get to see Sir David as an Insta influencer, flogging teeth whitening systems and tea that makes you s*** yourself, because in a recent interview with Greg James on BBC's Radio 1 Breakfast, Sir David said he's too busy responding to letter to get around to Instagram.

He said: "I'm so old I can't get used to all these new media but I was persuaded to do so in order to do a message about conservation.

"So, for a limited period of time I contributed to Instagram but I'm off now.

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"I'm not on it anymore and I don't intend to go back, I've got enough problems with post.

"I get 70 letters a day! I do my very best [to reply]. Sometimes people, mercifully, don't actually put their address on because people are so unaccustomed to sending letters."

The Radio 1 presenter then suggested that Sir David might find himself getting even more letters now people know he takes the time to read them.

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To which Sir David responded: "If you wouldn't mind including a self-addressed stamped envelope I'd be delighted to reply!"

What an absolute legend.

Fans of Sir David were over the moon when he joined back in September, with his first ever post - an IGTV - picking up more than 18 million views.

The video was a message about climate change, which he filmed alongside Colin Butfield and Jonnie Hughes - two of the producers for Attenborough's A Life On Our Planet.

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In the video, Sir David said: "I've been appearing on radio and television for the past 60 years, but this is my first time on Instagram.

"As we all know, the world is in trouble. Continents are on fire. Glaciers are melting. Coral reefs are dying. Fish are disappearing from our oceans. The list goes on.

"But we know what to do about it so that's why I'm tackling this new way - for me - of communication.

"Over the next few weeks I'll be recording messages to explain what the problems are and how we can deal with them.

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"Join me, or as we used to say in those early days of radio - stay tuned."

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, Celebrity, UK

Claire Reid
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