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Yesterday (September 19) we told you how host Jimmy Kimmel took affront at Dame Maggie Smith‘s no-show at the Emmy Awards on Sunday night.

Pointing out that Maggie’s been nominated a whopping nine times, and even won the award three of those times, the late-night talkshow host joked: “How many times do you think she’s shown up here to get the Emmy? That’s right, no times.”

“She goes to other award shows,” he lamented. “She showed up at the Oscars to get an Oscar, she showed up at the Tonys, she goes to the Soul Train Awards every year. But is she here in this audience tonight? I don’t see her. She’s ‘Downton Absent,’ that’s what she is. For the ninth time.”

And then, as if rubbing salt in the wound, it was later announced that the veteran actress—and not Maura Tierney (The Affair), Constance Zimmer (UnREAL), or Maisie Williams, Lena Headley or Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones, all of whom had not only been nominated but were also present and correct in LA’s Microsoft Theater—had won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama.

Jimmy promptly snatched the award and told her to pick it up from the lost and found.

Well, our Maggie is nothing if not gracious. She took the comments in stride, and released her own statement via the Masterpiece PBS Twitter account last night (September 19), rounding out Kimmel’s joke with her own comic spin:

Over to you, Jimmy.

Nor is that the only Dame Maggie news doing the rounds today either. Reports suggest she has signed on the dotted line to appear one last time as the inimitable Violet, Dowager Countess of Grantham, making a long anticipated Downton Abbey movie all the more likely.

The question is, will she turn up at the Oscars if she’s nominated?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.