This morning, we posted our recap of the season five finale of Downton Abbey and the news that spread like wildfire on Monday that Dame Maggie Smith told The Times in London that she would wrap her run as Lady Violet, the Dowager Countess at the completion of the upcoming sixth season of the British soap opera!
But not so fast! Looks like the series PR team did some emergency damage control relating that Smith’s remarks were misinterpreted as she was suggesting she will leave the TV show after its sixth season later this year.
Milk Publicity said to The Associated Press on Tuesday that Smith spoke lightheartedly, and “has always been on the record as saying she’ll be with the show for as long as the show runs.”
However, since Downton Abbey is renewed a season at a time, it may not matter how long, or how short Smith wanted to stay, if season six proves to be the series last stand.
So, what do you think? Is this a PR spin or was Smith out of Downton after season six if it continued? Share your thoughts below!