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TODAY   |  December 27, 2013

‘Selfie king’ James Franco calls out Savannah

The actor and self-proclaimed “selfie king” is defending his many self-portraits on social media, even referencing TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie in an interview he gave to The New York Times.

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>> our friend that's been on the show many times has a bit of a bone to pick with you.

>> no.

>> yes and he's doing it in the pages of the new york times. public feud here. there's an essay to be published in the paper this weekend. selfies are something new to me but as i have been become increasingly addicted to instagram i have been accused of posting too many of them. i was called out on the "today" show. what is james franco talking about exactly?

>> now, i have been looking at you on social media , you're a big guy on instagram. a lot of selfies.

>> oh. i mean, i don't want to post those things. i just look at the number of likes. if i put on a book or something i like i get this number and if i just put a stupid selfie it's like ten times. when i try and get attention for something else i'll put a selfie but then in the thing i'll put go see this movie or something.

>> in the essay franco defends the selfie saying it's a way for people to show case their true self-s. i'm turned off when i look at an account and don't see any selfies because i want to know whom i'm dealing with. savannah guthrie , what say you.

>> first of all, i was not calling out james franco . i was observing that he posted a lot of selfies. he's the best. a good author as well. the rest i'll just express in a selfie.

>> a birthday selfie.

>> get more likes with selfies. i can put out peace on earth and you get one like and you do a duck face and it's all over.