Vanity Fair's Graydon Carter Dishes on Gwyneth Paltrow Article

Posted Tuesday February 4, 2014 2:55 PM GMT

We all remember the drama surrounding Gwyneth Paltrow's demand that her friends not speak to Vanity Fair last year, and now editor Graydon Carter has published a new letter explaining his side of the story.

In the VF March 2014 Hollywood Issue, Carter writes, “What began so innocently quickly took a turn, however. Once the story was assigned, the writer reached out to Paltrow’s representatives and friends. She asked that they not speak to Vanity Fair about her, or about anything else ever again. Ever. Never. Kim Jong-un couldn’t have issued a more blanket demand.”

Still, writer Vanessa Grigoriadis penned the story and turned it in to the editorial team at the end of last summer.

Graydon notes, “It was just what had been assigned — a reasoned, reported essay on the hate/love-fest that encircles Gwyneth Paltrow. I thought it perfectly explained the whole phenomenon.”

“But it was such a far cry from the almost mythical story that people were by now expecting — the ‘epic takedown,’ filled with ‘bombshell’ revelations — that it was bound to be a disappointment. What to do? I decided to sit on it for a time.”

Back in October, the “Sliding Doors” dame called Carter in an effort to bury the hatchet. Graydon shared, “We talked for about 20 minutes about the story and her reaction, or over-reaction, to it. At one point, she asked my advice as to what to do to get the ‘haters’ on her side. I suggested putting on 15 pounds. I joked that it works for me. She replied I had put on much more than that. Which I thought was fair and funny. Two months after the phone call, Web sites lit up with news of a truce. We received more mail, much of it now criticizing us for caving.”

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