Actor Jared Harris was the latest star to leave Mad Men, after his character Lane Pryce dramatically committed suicide in last night’s episode ‘Commissions and Fees,’ however the actor has let slip that he is not the only actor to no longer be appearing in the hit 60s drama, suggesting that star Elisabeth Moss has also left the AMC series.
Elisabeth Moss, who has been in the award-winning series since the start, plays Peggy Olson, the advertising protégé of Don Draper (Jon Hamm). However in a previous episode she was seen tearfully quitting Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in order to move to another advertising agency to further her career.
It was not announced that Elisabeth Moss would actually be leaving the series, and many assumed that Mad Men would still follow the journey of Peggy, but speaking to The Daily, Jared Harris revealed: “Actors are always ending jobs. It isn't a big deal in that sense. Also other people had left the show that had been there since the beginning. Elisabeth [Moss] left the episode before and she'd been there since the beginning.
"Michael Gladis (Paul Kinsey) left in season three [though reappeared for one episode this season]… Bryan Batt. People leave and it's just part of it. They didn't make a giant fuss."
Harris’ comments have provoked uproar from shocked fans, although AMC has so far declined to comment. Moss's representative also remains tight-lipped on the actress's future on the series, telling TV Guide: "The season isn't even over yet."
With only one episode left of the fifth series, it remains to be seen whether secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson will continue to be a permanent fixture on Mad Men.
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