Update 2, February 17, 4 PM: A spokesperson for Andre Leon Talley says, “Although Andre has taken a position with Numero Russia, Andre is absolutely maintaining his relationship as a contributor to Vogue. Andre has a number of projects in the works with Vogue and Conde Nast and maintains a warm relationship with both entities.” So there’s that.
Update 1, February 16, 8:10 PM: A Vogue spokesperson says that Talley will stay on as a contributor, and that “the details are still being worked out.” We’ve reached out to Talley’s personal rep for comment and will update accordingly.
André Leon Talley has finally left the building.
That building, of course, being 4 Times Square. After some 30 years at Vogue, most recently as a contributing editor and author of the column “Life With André,” Talley is departing the magazine to host his own late night talk show, the New York Post is reporting. (We’ve reached out to Vogue for confirmation and will update when we hear back).
Talley is developing his show with former NBC exec Ben Silverman, the producer of programs as varied as The Office and Fashion Star.
The Post is claiming that Anna and co. aren’t happy with the idea of Talley doing so much TV—-too mass for Vogue‘s high brow appeal—-but we have a feeling it’s more of a “this relationship has run its course” type thing. Remember that Talley’s title at Vogue was taken down from editor-at-large to contributing editor a few years ago when he began appearing on America’s Next Top Model. Hosting and running a talk show is much more time consuming than a stint as a reality tv judge—it’s no surprise he’ll have to dial it back even more for a project like this.
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