Seth Rogen Says He Will No Longer Work With James Franco After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

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Seth Rogen has no plans to work with frequent and longtime collaborator James Franco following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor. Speaking to Britain's Sunday Times, Rogen said he regretted saying in a 2018 interview he would still work with Franco following the allegations, which Franco has denied. USA TODAYSeth Rogen has no plans to work with James Franco following sexual misconduct allegations

Seth Rogen has spoken about his working relationship with longtime collaborator James Franco following sexual misconduct revelations.

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Seth Rogen has no plans to work with frequent and longtime collaborator James Franco following sexual misconduct allegations against the actor.

Speaking to Britain's Sunday Times, Rogen said he regretted saying in a 2018 interview he would still work with Franco following the allegations, which Franco has denied. Rogan also expressed remorse over a 2014 "SNL" joke about Franco dating underage woman.

The interview addressed an April Instagram post by actress Charlyne Yi, in which she said Rogen enabled Franco on the set of 2017's "The Disaster Artist," the last project the two worked on together.

When asked whether he believed Yi's allegations, Rogen said:

"What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that However, I do look back at a joke I made on 'Saturday Night Live' in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly. And I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now.”

Rogen added the timing for the end of his professional relationship "is not a coincidence"

In 2014, Franco, then 35, made headlines after he propositioned a 17-year-old girl on Instagram and apologized. Rogen joked about the incident on "SNL," with Franco him joining on stage.

In 2018, five women made allegations against Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior, which the actor denied. Two students, who described the behavior in a class Franco taught at his own Studio 4, settled their lawsuit with Franco in February. 

Rogen was not specific about how the allegations have affected his long-time friendship with Franco.

“I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview," said Rogen. " I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic."

Rogen deflected a question about whether that was painful. "Yeah. But not as painful and difficult as it is for a lot of other people involved. I have no pity for myself in this situation."

USA TODAY has reached out to Franco's rep for comment.

Rogen and Franco have co-starred in several projects since they appeared in the 1999 TV series "Freaks and Geeks," including movies such as 2008's "Pineapple Express," 2013's "This Is the End" and "The Disaster Artist."

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Seth Rogen Finally Addresses Charlyne Yi's Accusations Against James Franco: "I Despise Abuse"

POPSUGAR 10 May, 2021 - 10:29pm

On April 8, Charlyne Yi used Instagram to call out Seth Rogen for enabling James Franco's abusive behavior. Now, Seth has finally addressed her comments in a May 9 interview with The Sunday Times. "What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that," the 39-year-old actor said of the accusations. This non-answer is on par with what we've come to expect from men celebrities when they're asked to hold themselves and their friends accountable for past actions.

Instead of addressing his alleged role as an enabler, he deflected, much like he did when the allegations against James came to light in 2018. Seth previously told Vulture: "The truth is that my perspective on this is the least relevant perspective. I'm friends with these people and I'm a dude. All that combined makes me the last person who should be talking about this." In the same 2018 interview, he also said the allegations hadn't changed his willingness to work with James in the future. However, he's since changed his answer.

"I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now," Seth shared with The Sunday Times. He said of his relationship with James: "I don't know if I can define that right now during this interview. I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic." Their dynamic and relationship may have changed, but Seth isn't looking for people to dwell on it. The situation may be painful, "But not as painful and difficult as it is for a lot of other people involved," he said, claiming he has "no pity for myself in this situation." It's great that he recognizes that he's not the victim and it's about time he addresses the James Franco situation, however, he still owes Charlyne a true apology.

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Don't Expect to See Seth Rogen Working with James Franco Anytime Soon

/FILM 10 May, 2021 - 10:29pm

Posted on Monday, May 10th, 2021 by Ethan Anderton

James Franco faced allegations of sexual misconduct from five different women back in 2018, and since then, the actor hasn’t been too busy in Hollywood. At the time of the accusations, longtime friend and collaborator Seth Rogen said that he would still keep working with his Pineapple Express and The Interview co-star in the future. However, according to a new interview with the Superbad star, his attitude on that front has changed, and now he has no plans to work with James Franco again.

Seth Rogen was recently interviewed for The Sunday Times in the United Kingdom. During their chat, he was asked about the accusations made by Knocked Up co-star Charlene Yi on Instagram back in April, with regards to enabling James Franco’s sexual misconduct.

In the post, Yi explained that she didn’t want to keep a role she signed on for in The Disaster Artist once the allegations against Franco came to light. Yi said, “I didn’t feel safe working with a fucking sexual predator,” especially since she heard about Franco abusing other women during the week these allegations surfaced. In response, apparently Yi was offered a bigger role in the movie, but she still wanted no part in the production. She was especially uneasy thinking about a joke from Saturday Night Live back in 2014, which made light of a publicized situation where Franco had been accused of engaging with underage girls on Instagram.

Rogen didn’t directly address having any knowledge of the situation with Charlene Yi on The Disaster Artist, a film on which he was a producer. But when asked whether he believes Yi’s accusations, Rogen said:

“What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment, and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that. However, I do look back at a joke I made on Saturday Night Live in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly.”

So where does that leave Rogen and Franco? Rogen stops short of saying that he’s no longer friends with Franco, saying, “I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview. I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.” That includes having any plans to work with Franco. Rogen addressed his previous comments about his willingness to work with Franco again, even after the accusations surfaced in 2018:

“I … look back to that interview in 2018, where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not, and I do not plan to right now.”

Seth Rogen and James Franco have been friends since their breakthrough roles on the short-lived but beloved series Freaks and Geeks in 1999. They became a potent comedic duo at the box office too. So it has to be challenging for Rogen knowing that someone that he considered a close friend did something so heinous. He acknowledges that it’s been a painful experience, but he also said it’s “not as painful and difficult as it is for a lot of other people involved.”

With so many accusations lobbied against James Franco, it doesn’t seem like there’s any hope for him to make a comeback, especially in the era of the #MeToo movement. It would take a lot of effort for Franco to be able to redeem himself and repent for what he’s done. If that ever happens, maybe Rogen would reconsider his stance, but for now, we’re glad that he’s on the side of the victims and has seen the error of his ways. That’s much more important than ever seeing Pineapple Express 2.

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Seth Rogen says he doesn't have plans to work with James Franco anymore

Today.com 10 May, 2021 - 01:35pm

The writer and actor told Britain's Sunday Times that he will no longer be working with his co-star from movies like "Pineapple Express" and "The Interview." He also expressed remorse over a 2014 joke he made on "Saturday Night Live" in reference to Franco dating young girls after Franco apologized for having propositioned a 17-year-old girl on Instagram.

Further, Rogen responded to comments on Instagram last month by actor Charlyne Yi, who starred in "The Disaster Artist" with Franco. She labeled Franco a "predator" and said Rogen was "enabling" him.

"What I can say is that I despise abuse and harassment and I would never cover or conceal the actions of someone doing it, or knowingly put someone in a situation where they were around someone like that," Rogen told The Sunday Times. "However, I do look back at a joke I made on 'Saturday Night Live' in 2014 and I very much regret making that joke. It was a terrible joke, honestly. And I also look back to that interview in 2018 where I comment that I would keep working with James, and the truth is that I have not and I do not plan to right now."

He then added that the end of his professional relationship with Franco is "not a coincidence." The two have known each other for decades since starring together on the 1999 show "Freaks and Geeks."

He settled lawsuits involving two of the women in February.

Rogen said the situation has affected their friendship and then was asked if their personal relationship has also now ended.

"I don’t know if I can define that right now during this interview," he said. "I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic."

He was then asked if that has been a painful change.

"Yeah. But not as painful and difficult as it is for a lot of other people involved," he said. "I have no pity for myself in this situation."

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