If you are trying to think of a good costume for Halloween, perhaps you should go as a talented, female, Emmy-award winning writer. Apparently that is one really scary get-up in Hollywood…so scary, it can get you fired.
Kater Gordon, a writer for the critically-acclaimed TV drama “Mad Men,” was fired less than a month after she won an Emmy for writing on the show. She took home the Emmy, along with series creator Matthew Weiner, for an episode called “Meditations in an Emergency.”
When they accepted the award, Weiner began, “Only one person can talk, so…” to which Gordon countered, “So I’m gonna hold the Emmy.” He gave his thanks, and they left the stage with Gordon doing a lot of smiling, but no talking.
At the time, I thought it was kinda rude. Weiner pretty much knew he was going to be back up on stage to accept the “Best Drama” Emmy later that evening, so why couldn’t Gordon have had her moment? But, alas, he is the boss.
And apparently his need for control and attention extend beyond media events. He fired Gordon reportedly because he felt “she had fulfilled her potential.” Uh huh. I think that’s code for “back up, chick, this show is mine.”
Whatever the true reason, it comes off badly in the popular press. Instead of celebrating the good fortune of a staffer who he groomed from personal assistant to full-time writer, he cut her loose at the moment of their biggest triumph.
Sounds like Dr. Frankenstein is frightened of his creation…