Well we knew there was trouble brewing for the gays at Sterling Cooper when Bryan Batt’s Salvatore was out of a job when Mad Men came to a close last season. And now that filming is going to begin in March, and Batt having not been called back to work … this has “character assassination” written all over it.
Matthew Weiner, the show’s creator, all but acknowledges Batt is no longer part of the show: Seeing Sal go “was a tough moment for the show, but that’s where we are. I know how people felt about Bryan. I obviously love working with him, and he has been an indelible character since the pilot. But I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.”