It turns out that there’s more to the latest Vanity Fair cover than its photoshop fails regarding Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Winfrey’s body parts! The magazine’s new Hollywood issue showcases 12 superstars on its cover, and a new report from The Hollywood Reporter says the compilation also originally featured James Franco.
“We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,” a spokesperson for Vanity Fair told the press.
Following the Golden Globes, and with the added context of the #MeToo and “Time’s Up” initiatives, several women made public accusations against Franco for various forms of sexual misconduct.
Franco had originally posed for the shoot and given an interview for the piece. According to reports, the stars are photographed in smaller groups and then digitally merged for the full image. As Editor Jane Sarkin confirmed, they held shoots in both Los Angeles and New York to accommodate the group. However, when the final cover debuted on Thursday, Franco’s face was not there. As reported, he was “removed from the cover digitally.”