Apparently, James Franco Showed Some 'Red Flags' Before Hosting The Oscars

Last week, James Franco's problematic behavior toward women came under fire once again.

Franco's Disaster Artist co-star, Charlyne Yi, called the actor a "sexual predator" in addition to calling out Seth Rogen for "enabling" his best friend.

Now, Oscar writers from the 2011 show have shared the red flags Franco showed before co-hosting with Anne Hathaway.

James Franco's alleged problematic behavior towards women was first brought to light in 2018.

Five women, including four of Franco’s acting students, came forward to accuse Franco of sexual misconduct.

In one incident, Franco reportedly began to get angry during an on-set encounter when women refused to be topless.

Franco denied the allegations.

“Look, in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things that I have done,” he said on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.

“I have to do that to maintain my well being. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate."

He continued: "But I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice because they didn’t have a voice for so long.

"So I don’t want to shut them down in any way. If I have done something wrong,” he added, “I will fix it — I have to," he concluded.

A settlement agreement was reached this past January in the lawsuit from two former students.

They accused the actor of intimidating his students into gratuitous and exploitative sexual situations.

But the situation has proven to be far from over when Charlyne Yi made her comments about Franco, calling him a "Sexual predator."

On Instagram, she wrote that the producers of *The Disaster Artist* tried to "bribe" her in staying on the film when she tried to leave because of Franco.

“I cried and told them that that was the exact opposite of what I wanted, that I didn’t feel safe working with a [expletive] sexual predator," she wrote.

She also claimed that Seth Rogen, Franco's best friend and a producer on the film, knows about the bribe.

"Seth also did a sketch on SNL with Franco enabling Franco preying on children. Right after Franco was caught." She went on to say that "Franco has a long history of preying on children."

With this out in the open, more people are coming forward with their stories of Franco and the red flags he's exhibited in the past.

In a recent story published by The Ringer, several Oscar writers who worked on the 2011 show that saw Franco co-hosting with Anne Hathaway, shared their stories.

"It was like the world's most uncomfortable blind date between the cool rocker stoner kid and the adorable theater camp cheerleader," said David Wild of the opening monologue.

This entire co-hosting experience has long been criticized for being awkward.

Jordan Rubin, another writer for the show, compared Hathaway and Franco's preparations for the show.

"Anne made herself readily available."

"I went to her house and worked on the script and she was on a bunch of conference calls and responding to emails and was a great collaborator."

Franco, on the other hand, seemed distracted.

"He always seemed to be on a flight and it was very hard for me to get a hold of him," Rubin told The Ringer.

There was even friction during the co-hosts during rehearsals.

"Again, this is a memory, but [she] was like, 'Maybe you should try that,' and he was like 'Don't tell me how to be funny,'" Wild recalled.

Anne herself has reflected on the uncomfortable experience.

"He didn't give me anything," Hathaway told *People* about Franco at the time.


She also shared that it was Franco who convinced her to take on the role, despite her reservations.

"Hey, can I dish some tea? I turned that gig down and James is the one that convinced me to do it," Hathaway said.

For more revelations about Franco's 2011 co-hosting experience, click here.

H/T: The Ringer