Matthew Weiner Issues Statement on Mad Men Delay, Negotiations

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Is Matthew Weiner really holding out for $10 million per year? Is AMC really asking the Mad Men creator to fire six cast members over the next three years?

In response to these rumors regarding the delay of Mad Men season five until 2012, Weiner has released the following statement:

“There’s been a lot of speculation and misinformation in the press about what is going on. I want the fans to know directly from me that I had nothing to do with this delay and it is not about money. I am fighting for the cast and for the show. And I appreciate the kindness and concern of the fans.”

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The producer says he was asked to cut two actors from the show each year for three seasons, though at least one report disputes this.

“Even though people have left the show, none of that has ever been about money,” Wiener said. “I’ve brought the show in on budget. I’ve been a good producer.”

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Mad Men Quotes

Joan: I thought about it and I'm sending my son away.
Richard: What?
Joan: No, I thought about what you said and I like you, too. And if I have to choose between you and my son, I choose you.
Richard: That's not what I said.
Joan: That's exactly what you said.
Richard: Well, I thought about it and I want to be a part of your life and your little boy, too.
Joan: I live with my mother and I've been divorced. Twice.
Richard: I'm buying some property in New York. Where do you live?
Joan: Twelfth Street.
Richard: OK. I'm not going to buy property down there [laughs], but I'm going to get a place in a nice neighborhood by the park and you're going to visit. All of you.

It's been a pleasure working with you all. I wish you the best of luck.