18 January 2013 1:30 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Downton Abbey fans weren’t the only ones to take offense to Jeremy Irons’ recent remarks about their beloved show. After reading about how the actor dubbed the British series “the Ford Fiesta of television,” the motor company got in touch with EW to set the record straight.

Jeremy Irons is an great actor. Everyone knows that. But our Fiesta is a great car. Given the situation, we thought it would be best to issue a formal response with something Mr. Irons could appreciate: a ridiculously dressed, Shakespeare-spouting Bard of Ford,” Car Communications Manager Dan Mazei wrote us in an email. »


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