Keith McNally defends friendship Anna Wintour

Keith McNally fell for a fan who accused the restaurateur of being a “star fk” for hanging out with her boyfriend Anna Wintour.

McNally, 70, posted a photo to Instagram of himself and Wintour, 72, having breakfast at his famous Soho restaurant, Balthazar, on Thursday.

In an attempt to be ironic, he wrote: “As usual, the bastard wanted something. Once again, Anna begged me to be on the cover of Vogue magazine. I told her over and over, No F–king Way!”

However, a fan objected to the post.

They noted that McNally is “much more admirable if you don’t starf-k” before dismissing his Wintour smoozing as “part of the biz [you’re] in.”

The commentator nevertheless described himself as a “huge fan” of McNally.

Perhaps that’s why McNally made it easy for them when he shot back with a simple, “Please don’t assume. Anna has been a good friend since 1976.”

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McNally told us that he and Wintour, pictured here at the 2022 Met Gala, never talk about fashion or restaurants.
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The comment was eventually removed, but McNally repeats to Vidak For Congress that the Vogue editor “has been a very good friend of mine for 46 years.”

He even partially credits her for getting into the hospitality industry. And now, “when we meet, we never really talk about restaurants or fashion,” he says, adding, “We always talk about tennis and theater. We both love both.”

McNally also tells us that “Anna is way funnier than people realize.”

Wintour was spotted at the premiere of Jennifer Lopez’s new “Halftime” Netflix documentary the night before her meeting with McNally. Our spies also recently saw her dining in Indochine with Huma Abedin and Jeff Bezo’s girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.

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