James Franco Talks About Instagram Scandal With Scottish Teen

Posted on April 5, 2014

James Franco was a guest on Live With Kelly and Michael to talk about his new film Palo Alto which is based on a collection of short stories about high school students coming of age. He plays a coach who has an affair with a high school student, so when it was revealed that Franco flirted with a 17 year old Scottish girl on social media many thought it was a PR stunt for his movie. Apparently not.

James told Kelly and Michael before the show that he wanted to address the brouhaha and not have it be the elephant in the interview. He admitted it was really him. He did not expect the young woman to post the entire conversation online (it has now been taken down). He said, "I'm guess I'm, you know, embarrassed, and I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky." He said he showed "bad judgment." He explained, "In my position, not only do I have to go through the embarrassing rituals of meeting someone, but sometimes it gets published for the world."

Kelly said she appreciated his honesty and promised not to reveal their private text messages, which was pretty funny. Michael said honesty is always the best policy. Take a look:

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