Vanity Fair revealed that the cover of its annual Hollywood Portfolio issue, which was unveiled Thursday, underwent some tweaking to remove actor James Franco from the photo after the magazine learned of sexual misconduct allegations against him.
The cover photo, which can be seen on the Vanity Fair website by clicking here, includes the images of Oprah Winfrey, Robert De Niro, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and other stars. The feature runs under the headline: “The 2018 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio: 12 Extraordinary Stars, One Momentous Year.”
Also in the shot, taken by Annie Leibovitz, are Tom Hanks, Jessica Chastain, Harrison Ford, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Michael Shannon, Gal Gadot, Claire Foy and Graydon Carter. A total of 13 celebrities appear in the photo, which Vanity Fair explains includes “one special cameo.” Nowhere is Franco to be found.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Franco sat for the shoot and was interviewed for the feature before the publication decided to remove him.
THR quotes a spokesperson for Vanity Fair saying early Thursday evening: “We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him.”
THR adds: “It’s unclear when the final decision was made, but it likely was a sprint to the presses as the allegations surfaced only days after the Globes, in a Los Angeles Times report published Jan. 11. The story cited five women who accused Franco ‘of behavior they found to be inappropriate or sexually exploitative.’ Some of those women first came forward with accusations on social media.”