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Kurt Sutter Blames Walking Dead Price Cuts on Matthew Weiner

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Several theories were floated yesterday about why AMC canned The Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, but Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter has laid out another possibility: AMC had to slash its budgets after Mad Men showrunner Matthew Weiner renegotiated his lucrative deal with the network. "Why Darabont got fired -- Weiner," tweeted Sutter. "He held AMC hostage, broke their bank, budgets were slashed, shit rolled down hill onto [Breaking Bad creator Vince] Gilligan and Frank. No one else wants to fucking say it, but the greed of Mad Men is killing the other two best shows on TV -- Breaking Bad and Walking Dead." Sutter claims that AMC has now alienated writers hoping to work with the network, but he's sure to note, "I don't know [Weiner], got no beef with him. Just hate that Darabont is being demonized. No one has the balls to tell the truth. [Mad Men] gutted AMC." [@SutterInk/Twitter]

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