Slipped Through The Cracks
I love a good bar.
I especially love a good open bar.
You know who else loves an open bar?
This alliterate B+ list mostly television actress.
I usually bump her up to A- when we drink because she lets me ask her about things.
If I ever see her away from a bar, she is pretty aloof and shy and runs away as fast as she can from anything to do with any kind of talking other than what she is working on. She said during our most recent bar conversation that she was upset.
Not so much for herself because she had made her peace with it, but that one of the people she knows had spoken out and made a complaint about an A list show runner from a very hit now defunct cable show.
That person had gone on the record and the trades ran the story.
The thing is though, they never followed through.
Her friend stuck her neck out and nothing happened.
There were no consequences for the show runner other than a bit of bad press.
As for the whistleblower?
She is like a pariah in town now.
Now, I knew there was more to this and she knew I knew, but I went and asked it in an innocuous way, but not where we would have to tap dance around it for an hour before we got to the interesting stuff.
Yes, our actress was harassed by him.
Yes, he tried to make her look horrible on the show when she wouldn’t sleep with him.
Yes, he cut her part.
Yes, he wrote her out of episodes when he felt like being vindictive or someone else would sleep with him.
Yes, she hates him.
Yes, she tries to tell as many people as possible.
She just won’t go on the record yet because she is scared what happened to the other woman will happen to her.
So, he has slipped through the cracks.
B+ list actress: January Jones
Whistleblower: Kater Gordon
A list show runner: Matthew Weiner
January Jones: The ‘Mad Men’ Sex Scene She and Matt Weiner Disagreed On
The actress says she questioned the show creator on his decision to write in an extramarital bar hookup for the prim Betty Draper.
January Jones is so loyal to Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner that she has only questioned his authority once.
Jones, who plays Don Draper’s polarizing ex-wife Betty, said she sparred with Weiner when he wrote in a boozy hookup for her prim character who, circa the second season, was still married to the show’s womanizing ad man (Jon Hamm).
“Betty, at the end of season two, goes to a bar and winds up sleeping with a random guy. I didn’t disagree with it; I just wanted to understand the motivation,” Jones revealed in THR’s Emmys roundtable discussion alongside Claire Danes, Emmy Rossum and other TV drama actresses.
“Is it revenge? And he explained to me that I needed to stop thinking. Betty is a sexual person — she gets drunk and she gets laid. That’s it. When it was explained that way, I was like, ‘OK.’ That’s one of the beautiful things about Mad Men; we’re not given any time to think.” – Source
Former ‘Mad Men’ Writer Accuses Matthew Weiner of Sexual Harassment
Former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon has accused series creator Matthew Weiner of making a sexually charged remark to her while she worked on the series.
According to a report published Thursday by the Information, Gordon alleges while working together late one night in 2008, Weiner said she owed it to him to let him see her naked. A PR rep for Weiner reiterated the statement he gave to the Information: “He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
Gordon won a writing Emmy in 2009 for her work on “Mad Men,” but she has not worked in TV since she was let go from the “Mad Men” staff at the end of the third season. She began her TV career as a personal assistant to Weiner, then advanced to writing assistant to Weiner and ultimately to staff writer. – Source