File this one under: Awkward But Meaningful Encounters.
In case you hadn't heard, Mad Men creator Matt Weiner has a long history of cracking down on anything that might even allude to the idea of a thought of a spoiler. No one has been more passionate about, nor more successful at, keeping a show's secrets than Weiner and his cast.
Well, in what was perhaps one of the most guilt-inducing moments of my career, that very question was met with: "You."
Turns out, some of the spoilers we did here at E! in the early days of the show were part of the reason Weiner decided to put a full lockdown on spoilers, and go about production in a different way.
"You actually inspired us to change our casting policy," Weiner told me, "because E! would come out with that we were looking for a certain kind of character, and you can't change the breakdown that much or you can't get anyone in for the part that you need, so what we started [doing fake audition sides]."
Clearly, our intent was never to make the process harder on anyone, particular showrunners of shows we loved! But such was the case with Mad Men, I'm now aware of…seven years after the fact. And finally got the chance to tell Matt Weiner that I'm sorry. (Which I am.)