I never realised Emilia took some stick for the way Mattie left, in my head Matt Devlin is in witness protection and there he will stay.
Probably no one 'round here who will dispute that. ;) *high-five* (Emilia would, though she thinks we're hilarious. And I KNOW Jamie would. Hee.)
I do recall seeing a couple of very harsh things on Twitter around the time it happened, though it's probably worth pointing out that it was quite a small minority. I also think Emilia may have just felt bad being the messenger in this situation because she knew it would break a lot of hearts, and she's a genuinely lovely lady who enjoyed interacting with the show's fans. And loves the characters too! She did make a compelling case in her own interview we posted a while back, which I was glad of. (I completely accept the practical reasons why, even if my heart is still cowering in the corner licking its wounds. ;) )