At 68, Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter announced on Thursday that he is ready to step down from his post at the magazine after a 25-year tenure.
Accordingly, Carter will end his prestigious tenure as an eminent figure in Hollywood celebrity circles and a longtime nemesis of President Donald Trump in December.
“Graydon is departing from the magazine after 25 years — even while we’re happily aware that this won’t be the last we hear of him,” Vanity Fair said in a farewell tribute.
Carter said it was “simply time” for him to move on and explore other things. The veteran told the New York Times that his plan is to leave the magazine at the peak of its achievements.
“I want to leave while the magazine is on top. I want to leave while it’s in vibrant shape, both in the digital realm and the print realm. And I wanted to have a third act — and I thought, time is precious,” he quipped.
Carter’s influence as an editor stretched from the magazine and entertainment worlds into finance, literature and politics. Notably, Carter has for years had a gleefully hostile relationship with Donald Trump, ever since he attacked the then swaggering New York property tycoon during his time at Spy Magazine. This was years before he joined Vanity Fair.
Apparently, Carter had planned to leave the prestigious magazine a little earlier, but he wanted to witness the spectacle of Donald Trump’s presidency.
More about Graydon Carter
Born on 14 July 1949, Edward Graydon Carter is a Canadian journalist who is known for combining high-profile celebrity cover stories with serious journalism. Carter co-founded Spy magazine in the 1980s with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips and together, they helped forge the wry tone and visual style of modern publications.
In 1992, Carter ascended to Vanity Fair as successor to Tina Brown.
Carter’s Vanity Fair was known for hosting lavish parties and publishing well-known writers and photographers. The reports on the magazine are also known to be very investigative.
Carter is also known to have a longstanding feud with Donald Trump which goes as far back as 1988 when Carter described Trump as a “short-fingered vulgarian” in an article in Spy magazine.
In 2012, Trump tweeted, “Can’t wait for Vanity Fair to fold which, under Graydon Carter, will be sooner rather than later.” He later described the journalist as a “loser.”
Carter didn’t let the comment pass as he returned Trump’s insults through his writings.
In 2015, he wrote:
“The myriad vulgarities of Donald Trump — examples of which are retailed daily on Web sites and front pages these days — are not news to those of us who have been living downwind of him for any period of time.”
According to Carter, Trump never got over the “short-fingered vulgarian” insult and would send him letters in response to the description.
He said the letters always contains a photo of him (Trump), generally a tear sheet from a magazine. He would circle his hand in gold Sharpie in an attempt to highlight the length of his fingers. In other words, to show they are not short.
While he didn’t reveal what his next move will be, Carter did say that he would take a six-month holiday in the south of France before returning to the US for his plan B.