Benedict Cumberbatch is back to bashing "Downton Abbey." The "Sherlock" star told Reader's Digest in the UK that the second season of the show was worse than awful.

"We're living in a culture now that's revering, or having a nostalgia trip with, the beginning of the 1900s," Cumberbatch told Reader's Digest via Digital Spy. "Although 'Downton' traded a lot on the sentiment in the last series ... but we won't talk about that series because it was, in my opinion, f---ing atrocious."

Cumberbatch, who is promoting his new BBC Two miniseries "Parade's End," said his program is "so much more sophisticated, so much more unusual" than "Downton Abbey."

But this is not the first time Cumberbatch has attacked "Downton Abbey" Season 2. In April of this year, he told The New York Times that he affectionately taunted Rebecca Eaton, executive producer of the PBS "Masterpiece" series, at the 2012 Golden Globes ceremony in January.

Cumberbatch said Eaton came up to him with her new award for "Downton Abbey." "I just looked at it and went: 'Begone, woman. Bring it back when it says "Sherlock Holmes" or Steven Moffat or myself -- someone else who's more deserving than the second series of "Downton Abbey,"'" he recounted to The Times.

Months later, Cumberbatch clarified his statements to TVLine. He told the site that "it's like people don't have any sense of irony or a brain," in regards to his comments to "Downton Abbey" and "Sherlock" producer Rebecca Eaton.

Cumberbatch told TVLine there are numerous indicators that he was joking, including the fact that he's friends with several "Downton Abbey" cast members and its creator Julian Fellowes.

"First of all, I knew it was the first [season] that it was getting awarded for, so that was the first part of the joke," Cumberbatch said. "There's just no way I would say something like that without it being tongue-in-cheek."

The titular "Sherlock" star added that he was mortified about the "PR disaster" that ensued following his comments. "I can tell you I'm a huge fan of 'Downton,' and what I said was quite, quite clearly -- to most intelligent New York Times readers -- a joke."

But it doesn't sound funny anymore.

Take a look at the 2012 Emmy nominees, including many for "Downton Abbey" Season 2.

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  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Comedy Series

    Zooey Deschanel, "New Girl" Lena Dunham, "Girls" Edie Falco, "Nurse Jackie" Tina Fey, "30 Rock" Julia Louis-Dreyfus, "Veep" Melissa McCarthy, "Mike and Molly" Amy Poehler, "Parks and Recreation"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Comedy Series

    Alec Baldwin, "30 Rock" Don Cheadle, "House of Lies" Louis CK, "Louie" Jon Cryer, "Two and A Half Men" Larry David, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Jim Parsons, "The Big Bang Theory"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series

    Mayim Bialik, "The Big Bang Theory" Kathryn Joosten, "Desperate Housewives" Julie Bowen, "Modern Family" Sofia Vergara, "Modern Family" Merritt Wever, "Nurse Jackie" Kristen Wiig, "Saturday Night Live"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series

    Ed O'Neill, "Modern Family" Jesse Tyler Ferguson, "Modern Family" Ty Burrell, "Modern Family" Eric Stonestreet, "Modern Family" Max Greenfield, "New Girl" Bill Hader, "Saturday Night Live"

  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series

    Elizabeth Banks, "30 Rock" Kathy Bates, "Two and A Half Men" Margaret Cho, "30 Rock" Dot-Marie Jones, "Glee" Melissa McCarthy, "Saturday Night Live" Maya Rudolph, "Saturday Night Live"

  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series

    Will Arnett, "30 Rock" Bobby Cannavale, "Nurse Jackie" Jimmy Fallon, "Saturday Night Live" Michael J. Fox, "Curb Your Enthusiasm" Jon Hamm, "30 Rock" Greg Kinnear, "Modern Family"

  • Outstanding Comedy Series

    "The Big Bang Theory" "Curb Your Enthusiasm" "Girls" "Modern Family" "30 Rock" "Veep"

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series

    Kathy Bates, "Harry's Law" Glenn Close, "Damages" Claire Danes, "Homeland" Michelle Dockery, "Downton Abbey" Juilianna Margulies, "The Good Wife" Elisabeth Moss, "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Drama

    Hugh Bonneville, "Downton Abbey" Steve Buscemi, "Boardwalk Empire" Bryan Cranston, "Breaking Bad" Michael C. Hall, "Dexter" Jon Hamm, "Mad Men" Damien Lewis, "Homeland"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama Series

    Anna Gunn, "Breaking Bad" Maggie Smith, "Downton Abbey" Joanna Froggatt, "Downton Abbey" Archie Panjabi, "The Good Wife" Christine Baranski, "The Good Wife" Christina Hendricks, "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series

    Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" Giancarlo Esposito, "Breaking Bad" Brendan Coyle, "Downton Abbey" Jim Carter, "Downton Abbey" Peter Dinklage, "Game of Thrones" Jared Harris, "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series

    Joan Cusack, "Shameless" Loretta Devine, "Grey's Anatomy" Martha Plimpton, "The Good Wife" Julia Ormond, "Mad Men" Jean Smart, "Harry's Law" Uma Thurman, "Smash"

  • Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series

    Dylan Baker, "The Good Wife" Jeremy Davies, "Justified" Ben Feldman, "Mad Men" Michael J. Fox, "The Good Wife" Mark Margolis, "Breaking Bad" Jason Ritter, "Parenthood"

  • Outstanding Drama Series

    "Boardwalk Empire" "Breaking Bad" "Downton Abbey" "Game of Thrones" "Homeland" "Mad Men"

  • Outstanding Lead Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Connie Britton, "American Horror Story" Ashley Judd, "Missing" Nicole Kidman, "Hemingway & Gellhorn" Julianne Moore, "Game Change" Emma Thompson, "The Song of Lunch (Masterpiece)"

  • Outstanding Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Kevin Costner, "Hatfields & McCoys" Benedict Cumberbactch, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece" Idris Elba, "Luther" Woody Harrelson, "Game Change" Bill Paxton, "Hatfields & McCoys" Clive Owen, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Frances Conroy, "American Horror Story" Jessica Lange, "American Horror Story" Sarah Paulson, "Game Change" Mare Winningham, "Hatfields & McCoys" Judy Davis, "Page Eight (Masterpiece)"

  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Miniseries Or Movie

    Tom Berenger, "Hatfields & McCoys" Martin Freeman, "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)" Ed Harris, "Game Change" Denis O'Hare, "American Horror Story" David Strathairn, "Hemingway & Gellhorn"

  • Outstanding Miniseries Or Movie

    "American Horror Story" "Game Change" "Hatfields & McCoys" "Hemingway & Gellhorn" "Luther" "Sherlock: A Scandal In Belgravia (Masterpiece)"

  • Outstanding Variety, Music Or Comedy Series

    "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" "The Colbert Report" "Real Time with Bill Maher" "Saturday Night Live" "Jimmy Kimmel Live" "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon"

  • Outstanding Reality - Competition Program

    "So You Think You Can Dance" "The Amazing Race" "Dancing With the Stars" "Top Chef" "Project Runway" "The Voice"

  • Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program

    Cat Deeley, "So You Think You Can Dance" Phil Keoghan, "The Amazing Race" Ryan Seacrest, "American Idol" Betty White, "Betty White's Off Their Rockers" Tom Bergeron, "Dancing With the Stars"


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