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Matt Weiner Says He Quit Mad Men During Negotiations With AMC

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 20:  Jon Hamm (L) and Matthew Weiner arrive to AMC's "Mad Men" season 4 premiere held at Mann Chinese 6 on July 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic) Jon Hamm and Matthew Weiner.

Matt Weiner and AMC have a notoriously acrimonious relationship, but their protracted negotiations last year got more heated than we thought. "Yes, I quit, at the negotiation. During the negotiation," Weiner tells the New York Times. AMC and Lionsgate executives say they were unaware of that, but all parties are thrilled — just thrilled, thrilled, thrilled — that everything worked out in the end.

On the artistic front, Weiner says the upcoming season, which is mere days away, won't hold the audience's hand in an attempt to reacquaint them with the characters. "Honestly, it's a TV show," he says. "No matter what happens, you'll be able to understand it. It's not Finnegans Wake. There's people, they're in costumes, they're kissing, they're arguing." Ah, but what kissing and arguing it is.

Photo: Michael Tran/FilmMagic