'Downton Abbey' Spoilers: Julian Fellowes On Dan Stevens' Exit

SPOILER ALERT -- do not read on if you have yet to see the 2012 "Downton Abbey" Christmas special, which aired in the UK on December 25.

The halls of "Downton Abbey" will be a little emptier next season. Earlier this week, viewers were shocked when it was confirmed that Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) would not be returning for Season 4 of the period drama, after his character definitively exited the series in this year's Christmas Special.

Now, "Downton" creator Julian Fellowes has weighed in on the actor's abrupt exit, telling British newspaper the Daily Telegraph, "We have always tried to persuade him to stay. He had done fantastically well for the series and his creation of Matthew was terrific. But this is life. Dan felt that this was right thing for him, and the right moment to move on to different areas." Read More...



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