“Mad Men” Loses Sal For Good

As any fan of “Mad Men” who followed the third season on AMC knows, the character of Sal, a gay art director for the ad agency played brilliantly by Bryan Batt, was let go towards the end of the season when a spurned gay client outed him. Most of us held out hope the character would return next season, but it’s now been confirmed that Batt’s contract was not renewed for season four. Creator Matthew Weiner told TV Guide that making the decision to Batt/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. I felt it was an expression of the times that he couldn’t work there anymore. It’s the ultimate case of sexual harassment.” Nooooo! I mean, I get it, but wow, that sucks. What’s even worse is that Batt said he didn’t even know for sure he wouldn’t be returning until just recently. “I was supposed to be notified by December 31, and nothing,” he told the magazine. I know that’s show biz and all, but I hate that a talented, likable actor on a hit show now joins the ranks of all the other unemployed people out there. Rest assured, though, January Jones’ contract has been renewed, as has Aaron Staton’s, the actor who plays Ken Cosgrove. Still no word on whether we’ll see bearded copywriter Paul Kinsey back in season four, though. [via Huffington Post and TV Fanatic]