Graydon Carter Addresses Vanity Fair’s “Epic Gwyneth Takedown”

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It started last year; Gwyneth Paltrow was trying her hardest to make sure friends and colleagues didn’t respond to requests from Vanity Fair after learning that the magazine was writing a piece on her.

It was just what had been assigned–a reasoned, reported essay on the hate/love-fest that encircles Gwyneth Paltrow,” editor-in-chief Graydon Carter wrote in the March issue (via Us Weekly).  “I thought it perfectly explained the whole phenomenon.

“Once the story was assigned, the writer reached out to Paltrow’s representatives and friends, and Paltrow sent the now-infamous email to her show-business pals,” he added.

Carter went on to explain why the magazine decided not to publish the piece, written this summer by journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis.

“The Gwyneth Paltrow saga had clearly just gotten away from us. My instinct was to continue to let it sit until people had forgotten about it, or at least until expectations had diminished.

“That it has generated more mail and attention than many of the biggest stories we’ve ever published only makes the situation more complicated.

Carter shared that he did speak to Paltrow over the phone about the ordeal.

“We talked for about 20 minutes about the story and her reaction, or over-reaction, to it,” he wrote.  “At one point, she asked my advice as to what to do to get the ‘haters’ on her side. I suggested putting on 15 pounds. I joked that it works for me. She replied I had put on much more than that. Which I thought was fair and funny.”

In the end, Carter claimed he felt that the story just didn’t measure up to the media hype surrounding it.

“The one we ordered up, as delightfully written as it was, is not the one the anti-Gwynethites expect,” he wrote.

Never change, Gwynnie.