Former “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens was on “Today” Thursday (Jan. 9) to talk about his new movie, “Summer in February.”

But first, Stevens shared a humorous anecdote about how mad viewers still are at him for leaving “Downton,” which caused the creators to have to kill off his character, Matthew Crawley. Stevens says he is always ready with an apology.

“A lot of people were quite upset by [Matthew’s death], I spend a lot of my time apologizing,” says Stevens, with a laugh.

“I get a lot of, ‘My wife was very upset by this, you have to apologize to my wife.’ Then they call them, ‘Katherine, come over here. This is the young man who upset you. Say sorry.’ and you have to apologize, in public,” Stevens continues, showing off a decent American accent. “[I apologize] a lot. Almost every day.”

But it doesn’t bother Stevens. He says that it’s “a testament to how much people love the show, how much people love the character, so in a way it’s nice.”

Just because Stevens’ time on “Downton Abbey” has ended doesn’t mean he won’t be tuning in for Season 4. Now that he lives in Brooklyn, he’s viewing the show on the U.S. airing and says he had a lovely time watching the premiere this past Sunday (Jan. 5).

“It was really wonderful to see everyone again. It was very emotional, very weird, watching people dealing with my own death. It was strange,” says Stevens.

Since coming to America, Stevens has turned his eyes to new projects, including “Summer in February,” in which he not only stars in but produced.

“Producing is a lot harder than acting, it really is. That has been a
big learning process for me and something I will do in the future, though maybe not tomorrow,” says Stevens.

“Summer in February” opens Friday, Jan. 17 in the U.S. “Downton Abbey” airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT on PBS.

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