- Stars who had said they would quit America if he won have abandoned their promises before President-elect Trump is even inaugurated
- Those who made hasty U-turns include Miley Cyrus, Whoopi Goldberg, Amy Schumer, Bryan Cranston and Chelsea Handler
- Others have gone quiet, including Chloe Sevigny and Ne-Yo
- Lena Dunham has still to address her pledge despite a 1,700-word jeremiad on how watching Clinton lose brought her out in hives
- Quite why so many celebrity would-be emigrants have declined to go is unclear, although financial circumstances may have provided a motivation
- Trump has said he will chop the top income tax rate to 33 per cent, so there is no financial benefit to fleeing to Canada where it is the same
By Ruth Styles For Dailymail.com
Published: 11:44 EST, 11 November 2016 | Updated: 15:08 EST, 11 November 2016
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.
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.
It is not known if anyone has complained about their disappointment to the multimillionaire liberal singer, 58, over her volte face.
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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
President-elect Donald Trump paid Barack Obama a visit on Thursday at the White House. Celebrities who had said they would quit America if he won have abandoned their promises before he is even inaugurated
Others ditching their plans include Whoopi Goldberg, 60, who said on Thursday morning that 'I'm not leaving the country I was born and raised in,' and Amy Schumer, 35, who used social media to hit back at people telling her to pack her bags and declared her pledge to go was a 'joke'.
Actress and singer Miley Cyrus, 23, announced plans to leave the country in March but issued a tearful video the morning after Trump's win saying she 'accepted' the 70-year-old as her president.
More, however, have simply gone quiet, including Chloe Sevigny and Ne-Yo.
Quite why so many celebrity would-be emigrants have seemingly decided not to up sticks is unclear, although financial circumstances may have provided a motivation.
In Canada, the destination of choice for many of those apparently desperate to leave, the top rate of income tax is 33 per cent – slightly less than the 39.6 per cent paid in federal tax by top earners in the US.
Trump has said he will chop the top rate to 33 per cent - meaning there is no financial benefit to fleeing to Canada, although, of course, none of the celebrities had suggested they were moving for tax reasons.
And celebrities would lose money if they escape to Britain, another favorite destination for Trump refugees. The nation has a top rate of 45 per cent - while Spain and Italy, both mentioned by A-listers contemplating a move, make high earners pay top rates of 45 per cent and 43 per cent respectively.
South Africa, another destination mentioned by stars on the move, has a top rate of 41 percent – and a president, in Jacob Zuma, who is mired in a succession of corruption scandals.
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Although it is unclear how many votes Trump acquired in anticipation of mass departures, trolling would-be celebrity emigrants has become a popular pastime in recent days.
But not every limousine liberal celebrity promised to leave however.
One star who insisted he would stay was screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, who said he would remain in the US - but failed to mention his double conviction for drug possession.
His pair of felony convictions mean he would need special permission from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau just to cross the border.
And Lady Gaga, who wept in her Rolls Royce after staging a one woman protest outside Trump Tower in the early hours of Wednesday morning, is another who has never said she would quit the US.
Lady Gaga mourns the election result from within her Rolls Royce after staging a protest outside Trump Tower in New York
But others, among them Dunham, could still make the move – and are yet to confirm or deny their travel plans.
Dunham was not at her $4.8m home in the most expensive part of Brooklyn nor at her $2.8m West Hollywood house when DailyMail.com visited - and her spokesman said she was not available for comment.
So will Dunham and co ever actually leave? Here is DailyMail.com's guide to who is staying… and who really could be making the move north.
'Anyone saying pack your bags is just as disgusting as anyone who voted for this racist homophobic openly disrespectful woman abuser,' Schumer said after Trump won
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 DailyMail.com's calls and emails.
'I know a lovely place in Vancouver, and I can get my work done from there,' Dunham, 30, said in April. She has still to end hopes she could move there.
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 DailyMail.com 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.
'I'm not leaving the country that I was born and raised in,' Whoopi said. 'You don't get to tell me that I'm going'
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
'If that motherf****r becomes president I will move my black *** to South Africa,' Jackson swore
Net worth: $170 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: 'If that motherf****r becomes president I will move my black *** 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. Till 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.
On Wednesday night Cher (circled) took part in protests outside Trump Tower in Manhattan
Cher is yet to address the question of leaving
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 4 Him. U Can't Polish [a t***].'
On Wednesday night, she took part in protests outside Trump Tower in Manhattan, calling them 'peaceful' and saying 'they [protesters] will not go gently In2 [sic] America's Dark Nite.'
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.
In a video posted on Facebook immediately after the results were announced, a tearful Cyrus said she would 'accept' Trump as her president.
Net worth: $160 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
She said: 'We're all just f*****g jam between his rich *** 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 out 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.
'I'll move to Nova Scotia,' Sevigny said
Net worth: $8 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
She said: 'I'll move to Nova Scotia,' speaking during a red carpet interview with The Scene in February.
Now she says: Nothing. Sevigny, 41, has not given her views on the election results or, indeed, her travel plans.
Her people say: The actress' publicist said 'Chloë is filming so I am not able to reach her,' when approached for comment by DailyMail.com.
Asked if that means she is definitely staying, spokeswoman Amanda Horton refused to respond.
Lopez wrote in an Instagram on Wednesday that he was looking at renting in Mexico or Canada
Net worth: $35 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: 'If he wins, he won't have to worry about immigration; we'll all go back,' speaking to TMZ in July 2015.
What he says now: The Mexican-American comedian, 55, wrote in an Instagram on Wednesday that he was looking at renting in Mexico or Canada and cracked a joke about 'needing something stronger' than the marijuana legalized in California on Tuesday night.
'I'm gonna Rent first #pelosmelapela [sic], get to know the schools #ohcanada #mexico (California legalized Marijuana- I need something stronger #Whitehorse #whitelines blow away!'
But the Los Angeles born star reacted with fury when asked to pack his bags by a Twitter user, saying: 'Seriously brother. Alright,' when told it was time for him to 'pony up and head for the border'.
The 55-year-old, who was accused of racism in March after saying he only booked 'the whitest guy I can find' when choosing a golf caddy also vented his spleen at the Natural Resources Defense Council's annual Night of Comedy on Wednesday.
Talking about new First Lady Melania Trump, he said: 'First of all, if you're going to be in this country, I think you need to speak English. I think that's one of the reasons there's so much intolerance, is that Melania does not.'
Imitating Slovenian-born Mrs Trump's accent, he continued: 'I will fight the bully of the cyber.' Referring to the 46-year-old as a b****, he concluded: 'Wanna fight bullies, b****, start with the motherf***** down the hall!'
What his people say: Ina Treciokas of LA-based Slate PR directed DailyMail.com to Lopez' 2015 statement to TMZ and said: 'No further comment' when asked if Lopez will leave.
The pornographer has kept a low profile
Net worth: $500 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: 'The thought of Donald Trump becoming president nauseates me in a big way.
What if he wins? 'I don't know, maybe move to Canada,' he said, speaking to Toronto's HOSS Magazine in October.
What he says now: Nothing.
The 74-year-old pornographer, who has previously admitted to being 'obsessed' with politics, has kept a low profile since the results of the election were announced.
Flynt is also yet to say whether or not he intends to go through with his move.
What his people say: Nothing. Requests for comment were ignored.
'I'm moving to Canada straight away,' Ne-Yo claimed
Net worth: $16 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: 'I'm moving to Canada straight away. Me and Drake gonna be neighbors if Donald Trump becomes president,' he told TMZ in October 2016. Drake is from Toronto.
What he says now: The R&B star is currently on tour in the UK and is yet to comment on the results of the election.
He is also yet to say whether he plans to move to Canada.
He has instead used his Twitter account to plug upcoming shows in Milton Keynes, Manchester, Bournemouth and London's Brixton.
What his people say: Nothing. Calls and emails to Ne-Yo's publicist were not answered.
'Although shocked and disappointed by the outcome, I hope the pres-elect [sic] will work to unify our wounded country,' Cranston wrote after the result
Net worth: $30 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: 'Absolutely. I would definitely move. It's not real to me that 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.
The Power actor, 42, has made no mention of his threat to leave since the election results were announced – but has spoken of his disappointment in an Instagram post
Net worth: $1.5 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
He said: 'I'll move from Denver to Italy... If Donald Trump wins the presidency, I'm out,' speaking in an interview with The Wrap in July 2015.
What he says now: The Power actor, 42, has made no mention of his threat to leave since the election results were announced – but has spoken of his disappointment in an Instagram post.
'My precocious sensitive smart Super Nova of an almost 4 yr old daughtie [sic] keeps saying 'But why Mama? Why?! I don't want donald TRUNK!,' he wrote on Wednesday.
'I am staring into her eyes telepathically saying to her 'Papa gotchu, baby girl.' While my kingly Brave boy of a son keeps tackling me, i sit & think at least their first president was a real one, whether they remember it or not.'
On Thursday, he posted a picture of himself with rapper T.I and captioned it: 'The music saves ya. When the confusion soars & the protest roar.... Can always find solace in your homeboy who's big apple got your same core. 2 dirty birds proud of each other's flight.'
T.I, who was convicted of battering a police officer in 2003 as well as previous felonies such as manufacturing crack cocaine, demonstrated his opposition to Trump by taking part in a protest in Manhattan on Wednesday night.
What his people say: Nothing. Despite several attempts to contact his publicist, no one was available for comment.
The 37-year-old Orange is the New Black star has put a relatively brave face on
Net worth: $3 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth
She said: '[I'll move] to a mental hospital [if Trump wins] for a while because you're like "why is this happening?"'
Now she says: 'Nightmare' was Lyonne's verdict on the election of Trump immediately after his election on Tuesday night.
Since then, the 37-year-old Orange is the New Black star has put a relatively brave face on, re-tweeting sympathetic messages from Twitter followers and posting pictures featuring inspirational messages. Nothing, however, has been said about her potential move to a mental hospital.
What her people say: Her Los Angeles based agent Cara Masline told DailyMail.com she 'had no comment, thank you' when asked if the actress planned to leave.
Handler, 41, is going nowhere – a point she made on a teary-eyed episode of her Netflix show, Chelsea
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.
The singer issued a heartbroken message on Twitter that read: 'Words cannot express how I feel right now'
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
Obama met Trump in the Oval Office on Thursday. 'We're not Democrats first. We're not Republicans first. We're Americans first. We're patriots first,' he said after the result - despite joking he might jump off a cruise ship if Trump won
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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 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.
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