Whew, that was close.
According to The Associated Press, a spokesperson for Milk Publicity (the publicists for “Downton Abbey”), said Maggie Smith always planned to stay with the show “for as long as the show runs.”
The Dowager Countess of Grantham was just having a good laugh, publicists added, when said told The (London) Times she was leaving the show after the sixth season.
Of course, if “Downton Abbey” only last one more year, then she will be right. But let’s not think about that now.