Emmys: Maggie Smith Accepts Her Award With a Message for Jimmy Kimmel

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Maggie Smith as Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, in 'Downton Abbey.'


The 'Downton Abbey' winner responded to the 2016 Emmy host's running joke about "the Maggie Smith Rule."

Maggie Smith accepted her Emmy award with grace, class and a sense of humor on Monday.

After being absent during Sunday night's awards show, the Downton Abbey star and outstanding supporting actress in a drama series winner took to Twitter to accept the honor and respond to host Jimmy Kimmel, who made her the butt of his longest opening-monologue joke.

The Jimmy Kimmel Live host took hilarious aim at the actress during the 68th Emmy Awards for being nominated nine times, winning three times (four, including last night) and never showing up to the actual show: "If we call your name and you are not here to accept, the Emmy goes to the next name on the list. It’s called the Maggie Smith Rule."

The comedian didn't stop there. 

He said she had a "Sunday ceramics class that she couldn't get out of" and when she won the award later in the night, Kimmel appeared onstage to swipe the trophy and announce: "We're not mailing this to her. Maggie, if you want this it will be in the lost and found."

Masterpiece PBS, home to Downton Abbey, posted Smith's acceptance note Monday afternoon on Twitter, saying, "Dame Maggie Smith graciously accepts her Emmy award," and asking that Kimmel "please advise on the location of the lost and found!"

Her note — which she signed "Love, Old Maggie" — reads as follows:

"I was very astonished and pleased to win the award. I feel the Emmys have been overly generous to me. If Mr. Kimmel could please direct me to the lost and found office I will try and be on the next flight."

The actress has been nominated for her role as the Dowager Countess on the critically praised PBS series five times. Including last night, she has won an Emmy on four occasions. 

This will be Smith's final nomination for the role, as Downton Abbey has aired its final season.