Celebrities who vowed to leave Trump's America but have backtracked since

A bunch of stars threatened to leave America, but no one seems to be following through. Photos / Getty Images, AP
A bunch of stars threatened to leave America, but no one seems to be following through. Photos / Getty Images, AP

It is the first broken promise of the incoming Trump administration - and he didn't even make it.

Celebrities who had said they would quit America if he won have abandoned their promises before President-elect Donald Trump is even inaugurated, The Daily Mail reports.

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Some dismissed what they pledged as a "joke" and others simply went to ground when asked by DailyMail.com when they were packing up and heading to Canada or other countries.

The wave of celebrity U-turns was led by Madonna who abandoned a promise to perform sex acts on men who voted for Clinton before the polls even opened.

Here are just some of the celebs who pledged to leave and where they stand now:

Amy Schumer

Net worth: Schumer earned $17 million last year according to Forbes

What she said: "My act will change because I will need to learn to speak Spanish. Because I will move to Spain or somewhere," comedian Schumer declared in a BBC Newsnight interview in September.

"It's beyond my comprehension if Trump won. It's just too crazy,' she went on.

Now she says: Schumer, her bluff called, released a tearful statement on Instagram and described her intention to leave as a "joke".

"First of all the interview where I said I would move was in London and was said in jest," she said. "Not that anyone needs more than a headline to count something as official news."

She continued: "Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist, homophobic, openly disrespectful woman abuser. Like the rest of us I am grieving today. My heart is in a million pieces. My heart breaks for my niece and my friends who are pregnant bringing children into the world right now."

What her people say: Nothing. Representatives for Schumer refused to respond to calls and emails.

Lena Dunham

Net worth: $12 million as of last year, according to Celebrity Net Worth

What she said: "I know a lovely place in Vancouver and I can get my work done from there," Dunham, 30, declared to the Hollywood Reporter at the Matrix Awards in New York in April.

"I know a lot of people have been threatening to do this, but I really will," she added.

Now she says: Nothing - to the Daily Mail at least. But in a 1,779 word jeremiad for her Lenny Letter sent early Friday morning, the Girls star complained that she had expected to be "knocking back glasses of champagne creating a story to tell my unborn children".

"Maybe I'd even get close enough to Hillary Clinton to hug her, to whisper 'Thank you'", she speculated.

But it was not to be, and Dunham now faces calls to make good on her promise.

Not everyone is thrilled about the prospect - including the Canadians, with one Twitter user promising to "take back" Justin Bieber if Dunham stays in the US.

What her people say: Nothing. Dunham's spokespeople refused to respond to requests for comment. She was not available at either of her multi-million dollar homes.

Whoopi Goldberg

Net worth: $45 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

What she said: "The minute you start pointing and saying that person is a rapist and a murderer, it pisses me off because I've been part of that when they just use a blanket statement to talk about black people or when they use a blanket statement to talk about white people or women or any other group.

"I don't think that's America. I don't want it to be America. Maybe it's time for me to move, you know. I can afford to go. I've always been an American, and this has always been my country and we've always been able to have discussions.

"And suddenly now it's turning into, you know, not them, not them,' she said on The View in January.

What she says now: Speaking on The View on Wednesday morning, the actress and TV host insisted that she's in the US to stay.

"I'm not leaving the country that I was born and raised in," she said. "You don't get to tell me that I'm going."

What her people say: Goldberg's publicist told DailyMail.com that reports she planned to leave were "not accurate at all" - pointing to an April episode of The View in which Goldberg said "I'm not going anywhere at all".

Samuel L. Jackson

Net worth: $170 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: "If that motherf****r becomes president I will move my black ass to South Africa." His claim was made on a Jimmy Kimmel sketch in December 2015.

Now he says: On Thursday, Jackson, 67, used Twitter to announce that he plans to stay - although not before a number of South African newspapers ran breathless articles asking when the actor would be arriving.

But Jackson said: "When you learn the difference between My Actual Opinion & A Kimmel Skit... Maybe we can talk. Til then, I'm Barbed Wire Up Your Asses!! [sic]"

For good measure, the Django Unchained star lambasted Trump and his supporters and compared the Republican victory to the introduction of the Jim Crow laws which enforced segregation.

"The Last Time I survived Jim Crow I was Poor," he wrote, adding: "Guess what MOTHERF****S.. Not This Time!! Enjoy your newfound win, Bigly!!'

What his people say: Nothing. Jackson's people refused requests to comment on his travel plans.

Cher

Net worth: $320 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

What she said: "If he is elected, I'm moving to Jupiter," in a June 2015 tweet.

Now she says: Immediately after Trump's victory, the 70-year-old singer took to social media and wrote: "The world will never be the same. I feel sad for the young. [Trump] will never be more than the toilet, I've used as a symbol for him. You can't polish [a turd]."

On Wednesday night, she took part in protests outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, calling them "peaceful" and saying "they [protesters] will not go gently into America's dark night."
However, Cher is yet to address the question of leaving.

What her people say: Nothing. They refused all requests to clarify her future living situation.

Miley Cyrus

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Net worth: $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

She said: "We're all just f*****g jam between his rich ass toes. Honestly f*** this s**t I am moving if this is my president! I don't say things I don't mean!". Instagram post on March 2.

Now she says: In a video posted on Facebook immediately after the results were announced, a tearful Cyrus said she would "accept" Trump as her president.
"And happy hippies, we adjust and we accept everyone for who they are. And so Donald Trump, I accept you," she said.

"And this hurts to say, but I even accept you as the President of the United States, and that's fine, that's fine because I think now I want to be a hopeful hippie. But please just treat people with love and treat people compassion and treat people with respect and I will do the same for you."

Cyrus, who is also yet to address the question of whether she will stay in the US, posted a second video on Thursday morning in which she said she had finished crying and vowed to continue Hillary Clinton's work via her own Happy Hippie non-profit foundation.

She said: "As a reaction to this shocking election Happy Hippie and I are launching our newest campaign #HopefulHippie and to do this myself and Happy Hippie are putting education for young people at the very top of our list of priorities in honor, of course, Hillary Clinton."

Her people say: Nothing. They refused all requests for comment.

Bryan Cranston

Net worth: $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

He said: "Absolutely. I would definitely move. It's not real to me that would happen. I hope to God it won't. It wouldn't be a vacation. I'd be an expatriate." - Response to being asked if he would move to Canada in the event of a Trump win by the hosts of The Best Seller Experiment podcast at the start of November.

Now he says: The Breaking Bad actor, 60, took to Twitter immediately after the election to declare his "shock" at the result - but said nothing about whether he intends to carry out his plan to become an expat.

"Although shocked and disappointed by the outcome, I hope the pres-elect [sic] will work to unify our wounded country," he wrote, adding: "I sincerely wish him success."

What his people say: Nothing. They did not respond to requests for comment.

Chelsea Handler:

Net worth: $35 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

She said: "I did buy a house in another country just in case. So all these people that threaten to leave the country and then don't - I actually will leave that country," speaking on ABC's Live with Michael and Kelly in May.

Now she says: Handler, 41, is going nowhere - a point she made on a teary-eyed episode of her Netflix show, Chelsea.

"It's easy to throw in the towel and say that we're gonna leave, or I'm gonna move to Spain," she said. "Because I want to move to Spain, I really, really want to move to Spain right now. But everyone in my office is like, 'You have a responsibility. You have a voice, you need to use it and you have to be here.'"

What her people say: Nothing. They refused to respond to requests for comment.

Barbra Streisand

Net worth: $340 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth

She said: "He has no facts. I don't know, I can't believe it [Trump's campaign]. I'm either coming to your country [Australia], if you'll let me in, or Canada," - speaking to Australia's Seven News Sydney in August.

Now she says: Immediately after the result, the singer issued a heartbroken message on Twitter that read: "Words cannot express how I feel right now".

The 74-year-old has not, however, indicated whether she intends to follow through on her threat to leave.

What her people say: Nothing. Streisand's representatives ignored requests for comment.

And don't forget: President Obama

He said: "If we let this thing slip - and I've got a situation where my last two months in office are preparing for a transition to Donald Trump? If I've got to look at that for the last two months because folks stayed home? Even going on the Tom Joyner cruise won't help me then...I might jump off," speaking on the Tom Joyner Show at the start of November.

Now he says: Reacting to news of Trump's election in the White House rose garden on Wednesday morning, President Obama urged unity.

"We are now all rooting for his success in uniting the country," he said. "Everybody is sad when their side loses an election. But the day after, we have to remember that we're actually on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage. We're not Democrats first. We're not Republicans first. We're Americans first. We're patriots first."

- Daily Mail

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