‘Mad Men’ creator and showrunner Matt Weiner has checked in with his version of his contact negotiations to continue with the show.
Weiner has released statements to a fan blog about the show called Basket of Kisses.
According to the blog, Weiner states, "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.”
Weiner adds, the blog says, " “We didn’t have an actual conversation until three weeks ago. Even though people have left the show, none of that has ever been about money…I’ve brought the show in on budget. I’ve been a good producer.”
Furthermore, Weiner told the blog about the reports that he’s been offered $30 million to stay with the show, "“First of all, the number that’s been published is not true. Second of all, I offered to have less money, to save the cast, and to leave the show in the running time that it’s supposed to be. The harder that I’ve fought for the show, the more money that they’ve offered me.”
As TVWeek has previously reported, "issues in the talks include the network’s desire to add product placement, cut two minutes from each episode to fit in more commercials, and eliminate two regular cast members to cut costs."