Seth Rogen Says He Doesn’t “Plan To” Work With James Franco After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
The actor and filmmaker, who has collaborated with Franco for years, said in a recent interview that he will no longer work with him.
Seth Rogen confirmed he does not plan on working with James Franco, his longtime collaborator who has faced multiple sexual misconduct allegations. Rogen also expressed regret for making jokes about the allegations in the past.
The actor and filmmaker said in a recent interview with The Sunday Times that he would no longer work with Franco in a professional manner after actor Charlyne Yi recently accused Rogen of “enabling” Fanco’s behavior. Franco and Rogen worked together as early as the late ‘90s on the show “Freaks and Geeks.”
“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.
Yi, who worked on the 2017 film “The Disaster Artist,” starring and directed by Franco and produced by Rogen, said in an Instagram post in April that she tried to quit the movie after learning of allegations against Franco but was offered a bigger role as a “bribe.”
In 2018, five women, including four former acting students and one who called Franco her mentor, accused Franco of sexual misconduct. Some of the women alleged the incidents occurred while attending Franco’s now-closed acting school Studio 4. The actor has denied the allegations. Separately, in 2014, leaked messages appeared to show Franco trying to get a 17-year-old girl to meet in a hotel room.
In her post, Yi called out Rogen directly for “enabling” Franco and making a joke on “Saturday Night Live” in 2014 about the messages between Franco and the teenage girl. Rogen told The Times he regretted making light of the situation.
During his opening monologue while hosting “SNL,” Rogen joked that he pranked Franco by posing “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.”
Rogen told The Times: “It was a terrible joke, honestly.”
Rogen also said he would no longer continue to work with Franco, with whom he’s collaborated on several blockbuster hits including “Pineapple Express,” “The Interview,” and “This Is The End.”
“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 continued.
Franco has not publicly responded to the interview. The two have not worked together in several years, and Rogen said the allegations have affected their relationship: “I can say it, um, you know, it has changed many things in our relationship and our dynamic.”