- The Washington Times - Monday, November 14, 2016

R&B singer Ne-Yo left the country as promised shortly after Republican Donald Trump’s election victory, but it turns out he’s coming back.

Ne-Yo, who performed Saturday at the International ESSENCE Festival in Durban, South Africa, told Trump supporters on Twitter that he planned to return “just to piss em all off.”

“Got shows outta the country right now, please believe I’ll be home when I’m done,” he tweeted Friday, followed by an emoji middle finger and, “Racism ain’t a thang. I’ll live.”

He added, “I love how all these Trump supporters are on my timeline suddenly. Think I’ll stick around just to piss em all off.”

Ne-Yo was one of about two dozen celebrities who vowed before the election to leave the country if Mr. Trump were elected, telling TMZ in an Oct. 11 interview, “I already told you what I’m doing if he becomes president. I’m moving to Canada. Straight away.”

So far, however, none of the would-be expatriates has followed through. Among those publicly changing their minds since the election are pop singer Miley Cyrus, HBO’s “Girls” star Lena Dunham, and comedians Chelsea Handler and Amy Schumer.

The website Sports Betting Experts released odds Saturday on whether 11 stars, including Ne-Yo, would go through with their promises to leave. The odds were that none of them would do so.

“It never happens,” said oddsmaker Jim Murphy on sportsbettingexperts.com. “They didn’t leave when [Al] Gore lost. They didn’t leave when [George] Bush got re-elected. The celebrities on the right didn’t leave when [Barack] Obama won and got re-elected. History suggests that there won’t be a flood of Trump-hating Americans heading for the border no matter how vociferous their protestations.”

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