After serving 25 years with Vanity Fair, Graydon Carter will be leaving the company and his position as the editor-in-chief for the magazine. He will officially leave after planning the 2018 Hollywood issue, which will be published in January, and will be remembered for his successful tenure with the company.
Graydon Carter’s retirement will be the end of an era in the media world, as his involvement in the industry has been trendsetting and prolific. His style of “hard-hitting investigative journalism” and “lighter entertainment” was a perfect combination that gave readers an interesting perspective on various topics hosted in the magazine.
When he initially started, the industry was nowhere near as successful as it is today, and the struggle to adapt to the rise of the Internet was a prominent issue at the time. Carter is one of the few celebrity editors in the industry and is known for some interesting characteristics: “his famous double-breasted suits, white flowing hair and a seven-figure salary.”
Carter’s involvement in the word of media does not only lie with Vanity Fair. He has also been recognized as a “party host, literary patron, film producer and restaurateur whose cheeky-yet-rigorous brand of reporting influenced a generation of journalists.”
On his departure and the beginning of a new chapter away from the magazine, Carter said: “I want to leave while the magazine is on top. I wanted to have a third act. And I thought, time is precious.”
There has also been an interesting clash of interests between Carter and the President of the United States, Donald Trump. Regarding his dispute with President Trump, Carter had the following to say:
“He’s tweeted about me 42 times, all in the negative. So I blew up all the tweets, and I framed them all. They’re all on a wall — this is the only wall Trump’s built — outside my office. There’s a space left for one more tweet to complete the bottom line. So if he does, I’m just going to call our framer and say we need one more. … It should be a little bright spot in his administration. And if he’s smart, he won’t say anything.”
The world of media will remember Graydon Carter for his immense involvement in the industry and his prolific impact as the editor-in-chief at Vanity Fair.