Steve Granitz / WireImage 1 / 11
Steve Granitz / WireImage 1 / 11

If Emma Thompson had it her way, there would have never been a need for a Nanny McPhee! The British actress, 55, gave a controversial interview in the Daily Mail on Sunday, May 25 about motherhood and her decision to take a year off from her career to spend more time with her daughter Gaia Wise, 14.  

PHOTOS: Celeb moms brag about their kids

"A year off was my birthday present to myself," the Saving Mr. Banks star revealed. "I didn’t actually act or write. I was just a mum. I taught drama at my daughter’s school, cooked meals, and had fun. I highly recommend others to do the same, if they can afford it."

PHOTOS: Emma Thompson and other epic celeb photobombers

Though some criticized the Oscar winner's suggestion, noting that she's worth more than $50 million and that she can therefore afford such a luxury, it was her next comment that really raised some eyebrows. 

“You can’t be a great mum and keep working all the time," Thompson continued.

PHOTOS: Emma Thompson and other major celeb wipeouts

The story was picked up by the Today Show's Twitter account causing many fans to angrily respond. 

"I resent that. If you aren't obsessed with housework, prioritize and share chores with hubby you can work AND be a great mom," @vickyderd wrote. 

PHOTOS: Emma's Golden Globes style

Memphis, Tenn.-based news anchor Kym Clark also tweeted, "WOW! Really?!…"

Tell Us: Do you agree with Emma Thompson's thoughts on working mothers?


Pop Culture Nannies, Butlers and Hired Help

Emma Thompson and more pop culture photo bombers

BAFTA Awards 2014