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Vanity Fair Editor Graydon Carter Killed That Gwyneth Piece

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In his March ed letter, Graydon Carter goes into great detail ("not to bore you" though) regarding the Vanity Fair profile piece he assigned out on Gwyenth Paltrow—and why that piece will never run, despite overwhelming public interest. The man takes two full pages, in fact, to explain his controversial decision to abort the fully-written feature.

In the full letter, which is not yet available online, Carter describes his relationship with Gwyneth pre-story (friendly enough—she'd been to his house for dinner), assigning the piece to writer Vanessa Grigoriadis (he "didn't think much more about it" afterwards) and when the blowback started. Apparently, when Grigoriadis reached out to Gwyneth and her close friends, Gwyneth went nuclear. Carter confirms that Paltrow asked her fellow celebrities to 'never do this magazine again.' The gossip mill went wild with rumors of affairs, bombshells and more. Carter got the story from Grigoriadis and says, "it was just what had been assigned—a reasoned, reported essay on the hate/love-fest that encircles Gwyneth Paltrow...But it was such a far cry from the almost mythical story that people were expecting...that it was bound to be a disappointment."

Carter decided to "sit" on the story to let the fervor die down, but from the sounds of this letter, he's decided not run the damn thing—ever. "The thing of it is, we really don't publish 'epic,' out-of-the-blue 'takedowns' of individual public figures," he says, "unless they are in heated conflict with another public figure or unless their positions and their actions have a grievous effect on the lives of others. We'll save our gunpowder for bigger stories. And so, sorry as we are to disappoint all those many people out there, for the time being we'll leave it to another publication to roll out the 'epic bombshells' surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow."

And that's it: hundreds of words to get to a point that Carter doesn't explicitly state but says nonetheless—that for whatever reason, he has decided to kill that story "for the time being." So unless someone leaks it to the media, we'll never get to read it. What a disappointment.
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