If you've been waiting on Vanity Fair to reveal that scandalicious exposé of Gwyneth Paltrow…
…you may be waiting forever.
Yes, it's sad, but editor-in-chief Graydon Carter now admits that the piece was never going to be nearly as juicy as people had hyped it up to be!
He had assigned the story, which was to explore the love-hate relationship the public has with Gwynnie, to writer Vanessa Grigoriadis.
And he explains how everything snowballed in this month's editor's letter, saying:
"Vanessa turned in her story at the end of the summer. And 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."
In October, Gwyneth even telephoned the editor for a little chat! Graydon said:
"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. There had also been conflicting reports that Gwyneth had coerced George Clooney into not being on our cover—clearly not true. There were reports that she was trying to scuttle our annual Oscar party, that she was going to organize a competing dinner. The Paltrow camp subsequently denied both claims."
Ha! Gwyneth would never put on 15 pounds! She's worked too hard for that bod!
"The Gwyneth Paltrow saga had clearly just gotten away from us. My instinct was to continue to let it sit until people had forgotten about it, or at least until expectations had diminished. The fact is the Gwyneth Paltrow story, the one we ordered up, as delightfully written as it was, is not the one the anti-Gwynethites expect."
Wellllll, we still wanna read it!
We like gossip as much as the next blogger, but we're still interested in reading a "delightfully written" Gwynnie story!
Bring it on!
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