"Adam didn't seem to mind, but David didn't seem to have a great sense of humor about it," Whitaker admitted on Wednesday. Remnick, who reminded WWD that Moss had edited him at Esquire in the mid-Eighties, did joke, "Adam Moss is much better-looking than I am." He added, "The New Yorker has had the experience that he had last night, and I wouldn't begrudge [Moss] for a second." Later on Wednesday, Whitaker, who told WWD he had not intended offense with his unscripted comment, called Remnick to apologize and said his apology had been graciously accepted.
As for other shenanigans of the night:
-- Vanity Fair editor in chief Graydon Carter elicited winces of another sort when he accepted an award on behalf of his columnist and self-styled rabble-rouser Christopher Hitchens. He said Hitchens was writing a column about self-improvement, and after a manicure, was told waxing was next. When Hitchens asked his editor to elaborate, Carter told him, "There's something known as the back, the crack, the sack." Carter told the audience that Hitchens responded, "In for a penny, in for a pound."