January Jones reveals why she’s not in ‘Mad Men’ season five premiere

Betty Draper will not make an appearance in this weekend's two hour long episode

Actress January Jones, who plays Betty Draper/Francis in Mad Men has explained why she won’t feature in the two hour opening episode of season five of the advertising agency drama.

The series premiere will be broadcast in the United States this Sunday (March 25) and Jones has said that she “wasn’t hurt at all” by her exclusion from the new episode. Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Jones explained that she was absent from filming because of the birth of her son, Xander.

She did, however, manage to get some scenes filmed before the birth. “It was really difficult. Eight months pregnant, you’re fatigued and emotional and I just sort of tried to channel that into the character,” she said. “Luckily, Betty’s sort of an emotional crackerbox, so it worked.”

Series creator Matthew Weiner added: “We wanted to accommodate her. She has a very modern situation. Way more modern than Betty Draper. We accommodated her work life, and we’re just so happy for her. And so she got to go off and have her baby, take her maternity leave, and come back to work.”

Mad Men star Jon Hamm recently refuted suggestions that the show will end by flash forwarding to the present day. It had been reported that the show’s final scenes would feature an elderly Don Draper but Hamm, who plays Draper, has denied the claims.

He told DigitalSpy.co.uk: “OK, you would probably have read that rather than heard it online. If you had heard the quote you would not have misunderstood the quote. That is not what Matt (Weiner) said. Matt knows how this show is going to end. And I’ll just leave it at that… but no, we’re not going to go into the 90s with Don Draper.”