"I have no plans to leave American Vogue now or in the foreseeable future," said Vogue editor Anna Wintour as she was walking out of the Plaza this morning.
Ms. Wintour was at the Plaza today along with New Yorker editor David Remnick and Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter to participate in a panel discussion sponsored by the Newhouse School of Communication and The New Yorker.
Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Ms. Wintour was coming close to giving up her editor’s chair. Earlier this week, Condé Nast chairman Si Newhouse dismissed reports he was meeting in France with French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld about her replacing Ms. Wintour. "This is the silliest rumor I ever heard," he said. Ms. Wintour, when offered the chance to dismiss the rumor on November 21st, only fueled further speculation when she told a reporter to go away.
This morning was the first time she attempted to put the rumor to rest (though, if we want to get really precise about it there is a difference between leaving Vogue and leaving the editor’s chair. But still).
So what would it take to get Ms. Wintour out of her job?
The panel’s moderator, New Yorker writer Ken Auletta, asked all three editors what would be next for them.
"Death," said Mr. Remnick.
"I can’t really match that," said Ms. Wintour laughing. "I think—my father always said to me that when you get too angry that’s the time to stop. The day I get too angry is the day I take up gardening."