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Graydon Carter out at Vanity Fair after 25 years


Vanity Fair says its longtime editor Graydon Carter is leaving the magazine at the end of the year after 25 years at the helm.

"I want to leave while the magazine is on top", he said in an interview with the New York Times.

Some of the magazine's biggest stories under Carter include a 2005 piece unmasking of former Federal Bureau of Investigation official Mark Felt as "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal and a 2015 feature depicting Caitlyn Jenner after her gender transition.

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.

While Vanity Fair has not announced a successor, The Times noted his announcement will likely "spark a steeplechase" among editors vying to succeed him, noting NY magazine's Adam Moss and The Hollywood Reporter's Janice Min have been mentioned as contenders.

Trump has likewise never hidden his disdain for Carter. As a cofounder of Spy, Carter often poked Trump in an attempt to expose him for his idiocy.

The Ottawa-educated Carter is considered an expert on Donald Trump, having written deep profiles and followed the American president's business career for the better part of three decades. 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. Carter apparently has these tweets framed on a wall outside his office.

One of Carter's legacies as editor is the annual Vanity Fair post-Oscars party, the most exclusive gathering of A-list celebrities to mark the culmination of Hollywood's awards season.

In a statement sent out by the magazine, Carter said, "I've loved every moment of my time here and I've pretty much accomplished everything I've ever wanted to do".

Carter, 68, leaves Vanity Fair as its publisher contends with an increasingly hard print media landscape.

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