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James Franco Removed From Vanity Fair Hollywood Cover

James Franco Removed From Vanity Fair Hollywood Cover
Actor/director James Franco attends The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on Jan. 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 26 January 2018 03:38 PM

James Franco was removed from the Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio cover released Friday because of the sexual misconduct allegations against him, the magazine has confirmed. 

Franco was intended to appear on the cover with other Hollywood stars under the headline “12 Extraordinary Stars, One Momentous Year,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, which broke the story. Franco won a Golden Globe for his performance in “The Disaster Artist,” but as the broadcast continued, several women tweeted allegations about his behavior toward them.

A Vanity Fair spokesperson confirmed the magazine’s decision to THR on Thursday, saying, "We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him."

The exact timing of the decision wasn’t clear, but fewer than three weeks have passed since a report was published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 11 detailing the allegations.

Franco denied any inappropriate behavior during an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” saying the things written on Twitter were “not accurate,” but that he supports people having a voice and didn’t “want to shut them down in any way.” 

Other stars featured on the Vanity Fair cover include Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, Harrison Ford, and Gal Gadot, among others. Also featured was VF editor-in-chief Graydon Carter, who announced his retirement last fall and will be bowing out after the spread.

Franco did not comment on his removal from the cover photo, but Vanity Fair reported the actor was “relieved” that he was not included in the recent Oscar nominations and understood why the Academy decided not to nominate him.

The same Vanity Fair cover Franco was removed from has drawn a lot of attention because it appears Reese Witherspoon has three legs, although the magazine said it was just an optical illusion caused by the lining of her dress.

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