Prior to 2018, Seth Rogen and James Franco’s friendship was one of the most prominent ones in Hollywood. The pair did multiple movies and SNL skits together. However, after multiple sexual harassment and sexual misconduct allegations surfaced against Franco, things changed. And now, Rogen reveals that he has no plans on working with Franco because of those allegations.
The sexual misconduct allegations against James Franco
In 2018, five women accused James Franco of sexual misconduct, including inappropriate or exploitative behavior after he won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in Disaster Artist. This included Sarah Tither-Kaplan accusing Franco of removing their genital protective guards during a bonus orgy scene. Furthermore, Franco asked other female co-stars to appear topless and dance around him wearing animal skulls on their heads. When one of the actresses declined, Franco kicked her off the set.
More recently, actress Charlyne Yi revealed on Instagram how she tried to quit Disaster Artist:
because James Franco is a sexual predator, they tried to bribe me with a bigger acting role. I cried and told them that was the exact opposite of what I wanted, that I didn’t feel safe working with a fucking sexual predator. They minimized & said Franco being a predator was so last yr and that he changed… when I literally heard of him abusing new women that week.
Furthermore, Yi called Seth Rogen and more of Franco’s friends his enablers, writing:
Seth Rogen was one of the producers on this film so he definitely knows about the bribe and why I quit. Seth also did a sketch on SNL with Franco enabling Franco preying on children. Right after Franco was caught.
Seth Rogen has no intentions of working with Franco anytime soon
After the accusations surfaced in 2018, Rogen revealed he will continue to work with James Franco. However, it looks like he has now had a change of heart. While talking to The Sunday Times Magazine, he said:
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.
Furthermore, Rogen responded to Charlyne Yi’s claims, regretting his 2014 SNL skit with 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. 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.
In 2014, Rogen did a monologue where he made a joke about messages that surfaced between Franco and a 17-year-old. In it, Franco actually tried to meet up with her, as Rogen joked that he posed as a girl on Instagram, told him I was way young; he seemed unfazed” and that he has “a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel”. In response, James Franco said:
Hey, great prank, buddy. I’ve been waiting at the Ace Hotel for three days.
How allegations affected their friendship
Furthermore, Rogen admitted that his friendship with Franco has taken a toll as well, 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.
On being asked if it 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.