'Mad Men' Creator on Le Cirque Gaffe: 'It Was a Terrible Error'

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Television has been very kind to Matthew Weiner. The creator and executive producer of AMC's "Mad Men" enjoys one of the richest deals on TV. But Weiner, 46, has had less success jump-starting his planned directorial feature debut, "You Are Here." But that soon could be changing.

Matthew Weiner responds to the fact-checking flub in Sunday's reference to the famed New York City restaurant, which wasn't around in 1968.

Matthew Weiner calls a rare Mad Men factual error in Sunday's episode -- Joan mentions the famed New York City restaurant Le Cirque years before it exists -- a "terrible error."

In a Paley Center panel discussion Tuesday, the creator of the 1968-set AMC drama tried to pin the gaffe on Christina Hendricks, who portrays the voluptuous redhead, saying she ad-libbed an offer by her character to make reservations at Le Cirque, the Manhattan dining institution founded in 1974 by Sirio Maccioni.

“No, it was a terrible error," Weiner confessed (via the New York Post), observing: "I think the pleasure some people get from the mistake makes more entertainment for the show."

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Not that Le Cirque minded one bit.

The restaurant's publicist Jean Lee told The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week that "Sirio would have been open if he knew that Joan wanted a reservation in 1968." She added that Maccioni, 81, "loves beautiful women, that time and that period."

As for Maccioni, he said he wants to extend a formal invite to Hendricks to dine at the restaurant's Chef's Table.


"We will craft a special 1968-style French menu for her and her guests. My philosophy is that one must always give a lady what she wants. That never goes out of style," he stated to THR.