Seth Rogen is finally speaking out about the status of his friendship and business relationship with James Franco, following accusations of sexually inappropriate behavior in 2014 and again in 2018 against Franco, which he has denied.
“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 in a new interview with The Sunday Times when asked if he believed the allegations against Franco might be true.
While answering the question, Rogen also reflected on a joke he made while hosting Saturday Night Live in 2014 during the show’s monologue related to an allegation made against Franco by a 17-year-old who said he sent her Instagram DMs trying to meet up. Franco told Howard Stern at the time he had been “a gentleman.”
Rogen said on SNL, “I decided to prank James Franco. I posed as a girl on Instagram [and] told him I was way young. He seemed un-phased. I have a date to meet him at the Ace Hotel.”
He told the outlet he “very much regrets making that joke,” further calling it “terrible” in hindsight. Rogen added, “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.”