Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter steps down after 25 years

Trevor Jackson
September 8, 2017

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter plans to leave the storied magazine after 25 years at the helm. He'll officially leave the job after planning the 2018 Hollywood issue of the magazine, which publishes in January.

During his time at the since-shuttered Spy Magazine, Carter frequently skewered then-real-estate mogul Donald Trump, famously noting Trump's small hands, calling Trump a "short-fingered vulgarian", an observation that Trump has fixated on publicly for years, even at one point sending Carter a printout of his hands. "I wanted to have a third act-and I thought, time is precious".

Vanity Fair's glossy mix of hard-hitting investigative journalism and lighter entertainment fare made it the envy of the publishing industry at a time when many of its print peers struggled to adapt to the rise of the internet.

No replacement for Carter has been named just yet, but Janice Min of The Hollywood Reporter and Adam Moss of NY were both mentioned by the Times as possible replacements.

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Indeed, the 68-year old Carter has come to represent different things to different generations over the span of his career.

Though they were once friendly enough that Carter attended one of Trump's weddings, the president has repeatedly slammed Carter in interviews and on social media, tweeting repeatedly about Carter, his restaurants, and his magazine. Their mutual animosity dates back long before the 2016 election. The national attention sent Vanity Fair's subscriptions into overdrive in a time when many magazines have struggled to stay in print.

"He's tweeted about me 42 times, all in the negative", said Carter. Sounds nice. Another fun fact: Graydon Carter considers himself a "glorified maître d'" at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and will not be attending in the future.

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