‘Mad Men’ Axes Sal Romano: ‘Ultimate Case of Sexual Harrassment’

By: Gay.com

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sadly confirmed suspicions that the colorful, now-uncloseted art director Sal Romano will not be part of the show’s new season.

Shooting begins for season 4 of the critically acclaimed, award-winning AMC series March 4, and Bryan Batt, the out actor who plays Romano, told TV Guide, “I was supposed to be notified by December 31, and nothing.”

Now Mad Men creator and former Sopranos scribe Weiner explains the loss was needed to keep the series honest: “We don’t murder people on our show, but for there to be any stakes, there have to be consequences.” Romano was let go by fictitious ad firm Sterling Cooper last season after he rebuffed a client’s sexual advances. Weiner feels the decision rang true for the early-’60s period Mad Men is set in. “I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore,” he concluded. “It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.”

Weiner laments losing Batt, saying it “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.”

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