Now that we’ve definitively established that A.J. Jacobs is not a jackass, we’d like to go that extra mile and establish that Jeffrey Katzenberg is not a scumbag. To reiterate:
A.J. ≠ jackass. Sparky ≠ scumbag.
At least not according to Graydon Carter.
Graydon Carter, who famously used his show-biz friendships to benefit himself financially, has been calling his Hollywood pals “scumbags” behind their backs in these weeks leading up to his magazine’s annual Oscar night party, L.A. Weekly has learned. Sources say Carter is even naming names, including his one-time mentor Jeffrey Katzenberg and his $100,000 benefactor Brian Grazer.
Carter denies using that exact language, and Finke speculates that the trash talking may have grave implications for the Vanity Fair Oscar Party, which, from what we can tell, is Carter’s entire raison d’etre.