Magazine Removes Franco From Hollywood Group Shot

While Oprah and Reese Witherspoon address extra limbs
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2018 6:21 AM CST
Star Missing From Vanity Fair's Hollywood Group Shot
In this Jan. 7, 2018 file photo, James Franco arrives at the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

The new Vanity Fair cover salutes "12 Extraordinary Stars, One Momentous Year" for Hollywood, but the original cover actually had 13 stars. The magazine digitally removed James Franco at the last minute because of his sexual harassment controversy, reports the Hollywood Reporter. "We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," says a spokesperson. As THR explains, the magazine generally shoots stars alone or in small groups, then stitches together larger group photos digitally, so this didn't require a re-shoot by Annie Leibovitz.

The remaining dozen: Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Tom Hanks, Michael B. Jordan, Zendaya, Jessica Chastain, Claire Foy, Michael Shannon, Harrison Ford, Gal Gadot, and Robert De Niro. Outgoing Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Graydon Carter also is pictured. The photo shoot is making headlines for another reason, notes USA Today: Oprah ended up with three hands because of an editing error (it's being fixed online), while the magazine says an apparent third leg belonging to Reese Witherspoon is actually just the lining of her dress. Both stars were having fun with it—see this tweet of Oprah responding to Witherspoon. (More James Franco stories.)

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