Hollywood 2018: James Franco Removed from Vanity Fair Cover

Vanity Fair debuted its Hollywood Portfolio today.  On the magazine’s website, the headline read, “12 Extraordinary Stars, One Momentous Year.”

There was meant to be another star on the coveted cover spread, but he did not make the final cut.  According to sources, James Franco sat for a photo shoot and interview and was to be featured in Annie Leibovitz-shot portfolio. He was removed from the cover digitally, however, due to allegations of sexual misconduct that surfaced after his Golden Globe win for The Disaster Artist.

Subjects for the Vanity Fair cover are often photographed separately, and then combined via digital imaging.  Franco’s removal, then, did not require a reshoot, though it’s highly unusual for a star to be removed from an elaborate photo layout, especially so close to publication date.

A Vanity Fair spokesperson confirmed the news: “We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him.”

The final decision must have been due to allegations that surfaced days after the Globes, in a Los Angeles Times report, January 11.  The story cited five women who accused Franco “of behavior they found to be inappropriate or sexually exploitative.”