The Downton Abbey star paid a visit to Live! With Kelly and Michael Thursday and dished on the series impending finale – and what he stole from the set as a memento.
Bonneville revealed to co-host Kelly Ripa – who insisted he use the term “liberate” instead of “steal” – that it wasn’t priceless antiques or the vintage fashions that fell into his sticky fingers.
“I did liberate a letter from a character [played by Matthew Goode] called Henry Talbot, who really emerges quite clearly in season 6, inviting us to race a car or something,” he told Ripa and Michael Strahan.
He also was sure to grab a prop that was integral in one of the show’s most dramatic moments: “The telegram from season 1 announcing that we were going to war with Germany.”
Bonneville praised the attention to detail paid by Downton‘s art department with the props used in the show. Each and every letter, telegram or newspaper was completely written or printed to look – and read – as authentically as possible.
Of course, Bonneville keeps these mementos in a place dear to his heart: Framed on the wall, in his downstairs bathroom – or loo, as the Brits call it.
When Strahan asked him the question that was on all our minds: If the show really has to end, Bonneville echoed what plenty of other cast members have said in the build-up to the show’s final season – that it’s the right time.
“It could,” Bonneville admitted “But you don’t want to me the last guest at a party. Leave at a polite time when the party is still going, rather than being the one sweeping up when nobody wants you there.”
He did assure the hosts, however, that “loyal fans of the show will find a suitable ending and be happy.”
RELATED VIDEO: The Dowager Countess’ Best Downton Abbey Zingers
But Ripa asked the most daunting question of all: What will happen to the Downton obsessives when withdrawals set in?
Joked Bonneville, “The fans will get a life!”
To which Ripa replied, “I don’t want a life. I just want to watch Downton Abbey in my pajamas.”
We can relate, Kelly.
Live! With Kelly and Michael airs weekdays (9 a.m. ET) on ABC, and Downton Abbey‘s final season is airing Sundays (9 p.m. ET) on PBS Masterpiece.