‘Downton Abbey’ Star: Dog Isis Not Being Killed Off Because of Name

Speculation had emerged that the pet Labrador was leaving the show because of the Middle East jihadist group of the same name

Numerous organizations around the world have found they've had to quickly rebrand or remove product lines with the "Isis" tag to avoid being associated with the recently emerged Middle Eastern jihadist group.

According to one of its stars, this isn't the case for Downton Abbey.

Writing on his website, Hugh Bonneville, who plays Lord Grantham, spoke out on the recent speculation surrounding Downton's pet Labrador, Isis.

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The latest episode of the show’s fifth season, which aired in the U.K. over the weekend, saw the animal diagnosed with cancer, sparking rumors that it would be killed off because of its name.

"To clarify recent speculation, the Labrador that appeared in [season] one (1912-14) was a dog called Pharoah," he wrote. "From [season] two (1916-1920) onward, the Labrador has been a bitch named — in keeping with the Egyptian theme — Isis."

Added Bonneville: "Anyone who genuinely believes the [season] five storyline (1924) involving the animal was a reaction to recent world news is a complete berk."

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