Seth Rogen says he's stopped working with James Franco after accusations of sexual exploitation

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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 Says He Doesn’t “Plan To” Work With James Franco After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

NowThis 10 May, 2021 - 09:17pm

By Ellise Shafer

Seth Rogen has spoken out about his professional relationship with frequent co-star and collaborator James Franco, saying that he has no plans to work with him following allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior.

In an interview with The Sunday Times, Rogen addressed the allegations, as well as his 2014 “Saturday Night Live” opening monologue, where he joked about a 17-year-old girl’s allegation that Franco had direct messaged her on Instagram to meet up.

“I decided to prank James Franco,” Rogen says during the monologue. “I posed as a girl on Instagram, told him I was way young. He seemed unfazed. I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel.”

“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 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.”

Allegations of sexual misconduct were made against Franco once again in 2018, when several students at his former acting school accused him of intimidating them into sexual situations. The allegations — which Franco has denied — turned into a lawsuit, which was settled in February. Despite the allegations, Rogen has said in past interviews that he would continue to work with Franco — but Rogen says that has now changed.

“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 said.

Rogen confirmed that it is “not a coincidence” that his professional relationship with Franco seems to have come to an end, and said that the allegations have affected their personal friendship as well.

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

In response to the Times’ comment that the situation “must have been painful,” Rogen said: “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.”

Representatives for Rogen and Franco did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.

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Seth Rogen revealed that his working relationship with friend and longtime collaborator, James Franco, may be over. 

Franco has been the subject of controversy in recent years after being caught propositioning a 17-year-old girl on Instagram when he was 35 in 2014. That story was followed up by allegations of sexual misconduct and exploitative behavior by five women who worked with the movie star at his former acting school. Although he has denied the allegations, he recently settled with two of his accusers out of court. 

Speaking with The Sunday Times about his upcoming book "Yearbook," Rogen was asked about his relationship with Franco after actress Charlyne Yi, who worked with both men on the 2017 film "The Disaster Artist," called Rogen an enabler of "predator" Franco

"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 said when asked about his friendship with Franco.

Although he stands with the accusers, Rogen had previously defended his "Freaks and Geeks," "This is the End" and "Pineapple Express" co-star, saying in a 2018 interview that the allegations against his buddy wouldn’t prevent him from working with Franco again. Rogen even joked about Franco courting an underage girl during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live," which he confessed he now regrets. 

"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," he told the outlet. "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." 

When pressed, Rogen confirmed that the strain on their professional relationship has to do with the allegations against Franco. 

While Rogen seems to be signaling that he has taken Yi’s criticism to heart professionally, he stopped short of saying that his personal relationship with Franco is over. 

"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," he concluded. "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."

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The Astonishing Collapse of James Franco's Career Cemented Now by Former Pal Seth Rogen in UK Interview

Showbiz411 10 May, 2021 - 08:50pm

Seth Rogen is done with James Franco.

This is BIG news. Franco, who was already on the outs with a lot of people when he made “The Disaster Artist,” still had Rogen in his corner. They’d met during “Freaks and Geeks,” and Franco had revived their friendship as a way to keep a revenue stream alive while he made his weird, costly, indie films that flopped.

But then the allegations and accusations about Franco and sexual misbehavior were starting to mount. Franco has been sued by ex students, and railed against in public by young actresses on a variety of unsavory issues. And that’s all pretty ironic considering Franco was cultivating a kind of gender bender semi-gay gestalt to his audience.

Was he doing it to seem harmless to women while secretly on the prowl?

Now Rogen tells the Sunday London Times their relationship kaput. Rogen says: “I don’t know if I can define [our personal relationship] right now during this interview. I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”

“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 said.

He added, “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.” In the SNL episode, Franco DMs a 17-year-old British schoolgirl and asks for her number.

What seemed amusing then is not now in the new world order.

What pushed Rogen was an accusation from actress Charlayne Yi that she tried to leave “The Disaster Artist” during the shoot because of mistreatment. She says she was offered a bribe to stay, and that Rogen was in on it.

Rogen tells the 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.”

After “Freaks and Geeks,” Franco drifted away from the Rogen-Judd Apatow axis. But he returned in 2008 on “Pineapple Express” and continued to work in that world on the stoner comedy “Your Honor,” on Rogen’s North Korea comedy that blew up in everyone’s faces, “The Interview,” plus was a voice in “Sausage Party” and participated in “This is the End.”

“The Disaster Artist,” on which Rogen served a producer, was the breaking point. In the intervening years between this film and “The Interview,” Franco had gone full throttle into giving acting classes, getting college degrees,and making movies no one wanted to see. He was fully immersed in his own myth. He’d disappeared right up his own ass. (Let’s not forget when he “remade” episodes of the sitcom “Three’s Company’ and showed them on video screens at Sundance.)

So now Rogen is gone. Apatow, who takes very public positions in favor of women’s rights in Hollywood, has to be out, too. Where does that leave Franco? He’s still dealing with a lawsuit. And even if he settles with all his accusers, how he’ll resume his career is a mystery.

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