Everyone is still in an uproar, apparently, that very popular British actor Dan Stevens left his leading role as Matthew Crawley at the end of season three of Downton Abbey, when Matthew was killed in a car crash, leaving Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) a widow with their newborn child!
However, due to Stevens desire to spread his wings and move to New York City to pursue his acting career, season four has been written revolving around how Lady Mary picks up her life after Matthew’s death!
For the first time, Stevens spoke out publicly about the duress he has caused Downton Abbey fans, when he appeared yesterday on NBC’s Today Show to promote his new film, Summer In February! Stevens admitted, “I spend a lot of my time apologizing (for leaving Downton Abbey). He elaborated that he has interactions on the street with people, (It happens) almost every day.”
On his decision to exit the popular British soap opera: “It was a tough decision. But like a lot of tough decisions, they’re kind of exciting to make at the same time. But I’m thrilled to be here and it’s been quite a year since we left.” Stevens did admit he watched the season four premiere of Downton Abbey and saw his old friends and it was quite emotional for him!
Watch the car crash that killed Matthew on “Downton” and then the interview with Dan Stevens on the Today Show! Then, let us know do you miss Dan on “Downton”?