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But executives at network AMC and the Lionsgate studio which makes the series threw the show into jeopardy when they failed to reach a renewal agreement over costs, forcing producers to push the next series back until 2012.

At the height of negotiations, bosses suggested downsizing the cast - news which left Hendricks "scared" for her job security.

She tells The Hollywood Reporter, "I was reading all that information along with the general public. A couple (of) people have already been cut out of the show, and that was very emotional for me. So hearing that - it's not like it can't happen because it's happened before. It scared me. Every single person is such a contributor and... people just love these characters."

But Hendricks admits she can understand why the option to fire castmembers was brought up.

She says, "It does feel disrespectful, but I also know they are trying to do their job and save money, and there is this whole power-play thing, and it all works itself out."

The two parties ended months of discussions in March (11), when they reached a deal to bring the hit show back for two more seasons.