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Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to step down in December

Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to step down in December

It is truly the end of an era: Graydon Carter, the editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, is stepping down in December, after 25 long years.

In an interview with The New York Times, Carter said he wanted to leave "while the magazine is on top" and had made suggestions to fill his spot, a vacuum at one of the most prestigious legacy publications during a tumultuous time for the magazine industry, which has attempted to keep up with the rapid shift to digital.

Some of the magazine's biggest stories under Carter include a 2005 piece unmasking of former Federal Bureau of Investigation official Mark Felt as "Deep Throat" in the Watergate scandal and a 2015 feature depicting Caitlyn Jenner after her gender transition. "I've had the most extraordinarily talented staff, which has made my longevity in this job possible", Carter continued.

His tenure at Vanity Fair is likely to be remembered both for its high-octane celebrity coverage and its hard-hitting stories on political figures-particularly President Trump. WWD reports that the reported cuts will be "heavy on the editorial and business teams".

It was at Spy where Carter cultivated a rivalry that still simmers to this day.

Spy took special glee in attacking Mr. Trump, who Mr. Carter memorably deemed a "short-fingered vulgarian". They're all on a wall - this is the only wall Trump's built - outside my office.

Carter, who succeeded Tina Brown at the magazine, is expected to depart in December. Carter apparently has these tweets framed on a wall outside his office.

His post-celebrity editor plans include a trip to a rented house in Provence, as well as an unnamed future project. Along with the magazine's star-studded Oscars party, the issue is to Hollywood what Vogue's September issue is to the world of high fashion. And Vanity Fair has been tremendously profitable.

"I've loved every moment of my time here and I've pretty much accomplished everything I've ever wanted to do", Carter said via press release.