downton abbey, maggie smith, dowager countessDuring Sunday night's Emmys ceremony, host Jimmy Kimmel Downton Abbey" role, and wasn't there to accept it in person, he'd chuck the trophy in the lost and found bin. After the absent Smith did indeed go on to win the best supporting actress award for her final season of work as the Dowager Countess, Kimmel remained true to his word, and stormed the stage to snatch the statuette from presenters Minnie Driver and Michael Weatherly. Now, Smith has finally responded to both her win and Kimmel's gag.

In a statement shared on Twitter by Masterpiece PBS (which aired "Downton" in the U.S.), Smith said she was "very astonished and pleased" by her win, adding "I feel the Emmys have been overly generous with me." The second half of her statement was addressed to the host.

"If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try to be on the next flight," Smith added.

We applaud both Kimmel for sticking to the amusing bit, and Smith for playing along with such a witty response. The Dowager Countess would be proud.

[via: Masterpiece PBS]

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