Unless the upcoming grey/pending system is different than the one which existed before, those with posting privileges automatically have followed status, no matter what the "follow for" notation says and authors can not have it taken away.

I'll also repeat something I've said before, when we previously had greys: I trust those with posting privileges to decide who should be followed or unfollowed on behalf of the blog and I encourage keeping as many people as possible out of the greys.

ETA: In case anyone missed it, they're reinstating the gray or pending comments.