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Mad Men Creator Fulfills Own Prophecy About Out Gay Actors, Nixes Bryan Batt

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.”


In television, and real life. And it’s not like Weiner ever had high hopes for openly gay actors to begin with.