Graydon Carter out at Vanity Fair after 25 years


After 25 years as Editor-in-Chief of Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter will step down from the magazine at the end of the year.

The news, which broke appropriately in a column in's Hive, is as columnist David Kamp wrote, "A bittersweet day: the Grexit is upon us". Late past year, Trump attacked Carter on Twitter, calling him a "no talent", and wrote: "Has anyone looked at the really poor numbers of Vanity Fair magazine".

"I want to leave while it's in vibrant shape, both in the digital realm and the print realm", he told the Times. Aside from the frivolities in which Carter relished, he also published some pretty important and groundbreaking investigative pieces, including the 2005 article that unmasked Deep Throat, Watergate's leaker. Carter called Trump as "short-fingered vulgarian" in Spy Magazine during the 1980s, which prompted Trump to respond by sending Carter an image of his hands.

An interesting and possibly unrelated sidebar to Carter's departure is the quiet announcement that more layoffs and "structural changes" are coming to VF's parent company Condé Nast, the second such announcement in a year.

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Trump has likewise never hidden his disdain for Carter.

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.

Post-Vanity Fair, Carter says he will take a garden leave-a fun British saying for when an employee leaves their job and is required to stay away from any other job for six months, while still getting paid. "So I blew up all the tweets and I framed them all". Along with the magazine's star-studded Oscars party, the issue is to Hollywood what Vogue's September issue is to the world of high fashion. "And I wanted to have a third act - and I thought, time is precious".