According to a TV Guide article, Mad Men's Salvatore Romano will be the only character not returning for the show's fourth season.
Near the end of the last year's third season, closeted Art Director Salvatore Romano, played by openly gay actor Bryan Batt, was fired when he wouldn't have sex with a potential male client. TV Guide confirmed that the Romano character will not return to the show this season.
With a new season scheduled to start production in March, Batt expressed concern that he would no longer be in the cast, commenting "I was supposed to be notified by December 31, and nothing.” This week in an interview with TV Guide, Mad Men’s creator, Matthew Weiner affirmed Batt's concern when he said losing Batt “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.”
While the Mad Men character's story is fictional, his firing mirrors a reality for thousands of Americans today who, in 29 states, can still be fired for being gay. Because of Mad Men's overall outstanding quality and the inclusion of Romano in the story lines, the show was recently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series. We believe that by completely eliminating Romano's character, Mad Men is missing an opportunity to explore a wealth of untapped stories.
GLAAD urges people who feel strongly about Weiner's decision to eliminate this character to voice their concerns. Post on Mad Men's Twitter, post a comment on the show's Facebook fan page, call AMC Viewer Relations at (646) 273-7105, or send a letter to AMC at:
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