Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess Grantham in "Downton Abbey."
Nick Briggs—AP
March 3, 2015 4:05 PM EST

Following an interview with The Sunday Times that suggested that Dame Maggie Smith would be leaving Downton Abbey after its sixth, currently in-production season, the show’s publicists have stepped in to say that the Dowager Countess of Grantham was just having a good laugh.

According to The Associated Press, a spokesperson for Milk Publicity has stated that Smith has always agreed to stay with the show “for as long as the show runs.”

Granted, since the show is renewed one season at a time, Smith’s statements may eventually be proven right—but there won’t be any official word until the sixth season is a wrap.

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