Vogue and its flamboyant contributor Andre Leon Talley are set to part ways after three decades, fashion sources tell Page Six.
The split, we hear, has come partly as a result of Talley’s TV aspirations. Talley recently announced he’s developing a late-night show with former NBC exec Ben Silverman, which the fashonisto described as blending Dick Cavett with “unparalleled access into my international fashion lifestyle.”
But we hear Vogue wasn’t so happy with Talley’s bid to become the next Jimmy Fallon, and is looking to put an end to things.
“The powers that be aren’t huge fans of his television aspirations, and they want to sever all ties now,” a source told us as Fashion Week ended.
Talley also recently signed on as editor-at-large at Numero Russia magazine, and was said to be headed to Moscow to work with the new title.
While Talley has represented Vogue on “America’s Next Top Model,” “Entertainment Tonight” and in the “Sex and the City” movie, his appetite for a show of his own doesn’t jibe with high-end Vogue, insiders say.
The fashion bible’s been shy about jumping into the same media opportunities as other magazines have. Marie Claire, Elle, Cosmo and Teen Vogue have all been involved in reality shows — including “Project Runway,” “All on the Line,” “The Hills” and “The Job” — which has made household names of their editors. (Vogue chief Anna Wintour famously passed on the opportunity to partner with “Project Runway” in its infancy.)
Talley’s deal to get his own show also underscores friction at Condé Nast — which hired Hollywood exec Dawn Ostroff to develop film and TV deals around its magazine brands. But sources tell us top editors are working to make their own deals outside Ostroff’s office.
Over a 30-year relationship with Vogue, Talley’s left and come back before. His rep told us, “Andre is absolutely maintaining his relationship as a contributor . . . [He] has a number of projects in the works with Vogue and Condé Nast, and maintains a warm relationship with both.” (nypost)
Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley won’t be writing for the fashion bible’s print edition anymore, but he’ll remain a digital contributor. We reported last week that Talley would leave Vogue, as he’s developing a late-night talk show and taking a job as editor-at-large at Numéro Russia. Vogue insisted Talley would remain a contributor, but we hear his fashion adventure column, “Life With Andre,” will end in the magazine. Talley told WWD he’ll still contribute digital content: “I’m very happy to do it.” nypost
yup it's true and I love how straightforward he is about the reasons behind his decision, aka money matters
André Leon Talley Took His New Job For The Big Bucks
By Connie Wang Refinery29
"More opportunity," "Time to move on," "Ready for something different" — all of these are answers top editors give for why they're moving from publication to publication, but give it up to André Leon Talley to deliver real talk. Unless you think it takes something complicated and dramatic for top-of-the-masthead editor to make moves — beef with former employees, a fancier job title, more fabulous perks — sometimes, it's really just all about the cheddar.
Says Talley about his recent appointment as editor at large for Numéro Russia, "I’m proud to say I’m going to be 64, I felt I needed more financial security as I go in my twilight age, a little bit more cash for mortgages and as I go into retirement. I took the job because I love Russia and the salary was something fabulous. Money isn’t everything, but it is when you start thinking about putting money away for your retirement days…Anna was very sympathetic and understood and she decided we remain on good terms and that I do the digital and the online. And I’m very happy to do it." (Fashion Copious)
__________________ reality television... "warps the minds of our children and weakens the resolve of our allies"