Graydon Carter, the longtime editor of “Vanity Fair" magazine, will step down in December after 25 years at the helm, the Conde Nast-owned publication confirmed on Thursday. Carter, 68, "has steered Vanity Fair through the shifting journalism landscape and expanded it onto a successful digital platform, as well as print edition," as noted by Reuters, will oversee the magazine’s 2018 Hollywood issue, before departing.
“I’ve loved every moment of my time here and I’ve pretty much accomplished everything I’ve ever wanted to do,” Carter said in a statement, adding that he is “now eager to try out this ‘third act’ thing.” Additionally, Carter told the New York Times that he wants 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."
While no replacement has been named yet for Carter, who earns a “seven-figure salary” at the magazine, but suggested that New York magazine’s editor-in-chief, Adam Moss, and Janice Min, former editor of The Hollywood Reporter, are potential candidates.
In addition to his work for the magazine - where was appointed editor of Vanity Fair in 1992, and subsequently turned the magazine’s focus to crime, culture and celebrities, nurturing writers, such as Christopher Hitchens and Dominick Dunne, humorists Fran Lebowitz and James Wolcott, and photography great Annie Leibovitz - Carter has become well known, especially in recent months, for his distaste for Donald Trump.
As noted by Time, "Carter has been a leading antagonist of President Trump ever since he called Trump a 'short fingered vulgarian' in Spy Magazine in the 1980s. Following the presidential campaign, Trump has taken to lashing out at the magazineand Carter himself on Twitter."
Speaking to the New York Times, Carter said this week: Trump has "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.”
One particularly talked-about tweet from Trump came in November 2015. It read, "@VanityFair Magazine is doing really poorly. It has gotten worse and worse over the years, and has lost almost all of it’s [sic] former allure!"
The magazine responded ... in print. Each month, Vanity Fair chooses a quote to place on its cover—a line from a notable figure that nods to what is inside the issue or playing out in the news. So, the for its May 2016 cover, which featured an Annie Leibovitz-shot photo of Amy Schumer, the mag included that tweet. As noted by Vanity Fair writer Emily Jane Fox, "Given that Trump has spent so much time featuring Vanity Fair and its editor, Graydon Carter, in his daily Twitter musings, it only made sense to acknowledge the years-long 140-character missives he has been launching at what must be his favorite magazine for the first time."