Remember that "epic takedown" of Gwyneth Paltrow that Vanity Fair was supposed to run—the one that Paltrow supposedly convinced the magazine to soften? Well, editor Graydon Carter addresses it in a letter that appears in the March issue, part of which appears online. In it, Carter says that in reality, the article was "a reasoned, reported essay on the hate/love-fest that encircles Gwyneth Paltrow," but that it was sure to disappoint people expecting the aforementioned bombshell. He goes on to say Paltrow overreacted to the rumors of a takedown—according to Radar, which got a look at more of the letter, Carter even compares the actress to a certain North Korean dictator.
Paltrow, as you might recall, instructed everyone she knew "not speak to Vanity Fair about her, or about anything else ever again," Carter writes. "Ever. Never. Kim Jong Un couldn’t have issued a more blanket demand.” Carter decided to sit on the article since readers were expecting something so different, and in October, Paltrow called him to talk about the story. "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," Carter writes. As for the actual article about Gwyneth, the Wire reports it will appear in the March issue along with Carter's letter; the digital edition is out tomorrow. (Read more Graydon Carter stories.)