While speaking with TV Guide about his new L.A. Noir based show, the topic of AMC's decision to fire him from TWD came up. Here's what he had to say, in part:
“It was, for the sake of my cast and my crew, a tremendously regretful thing to face, to have to leave. But I was really given no choice,” he said. “I don’t understand the thinking behind, ‘Oh, this is the most successful show in the history of basic cable. Let’s gut the budgets now.’ I never did understand that and I think they got tired of hearing me complain about it. It’s a little more complicated than that, but that’s as far as I want to go with it because otherwise it’s just provoking more controversy and that’s not really of interest to me. I just want to keep my head down and do my job and be allowed to do my job, that’s key, and continue to, hopefully, enjoy it and do good work.”
Pretty much confirms earlier reports and rumors, and I agree with his critism of the budget cuts. Full story in the link.