Danny Dyer has revealed the real reason he quit EastEnders after nine years.
The actor, who played the iconic role of Mick Carter, revealed on the Sorted With The Dyers podcast that leaving has been on his mind ‘for a while’.
He said: “When you’re in a job, like a soap, your contract comes up for renewal, and every time it has they’ve asked me to stay, and I’m very grateful for that.
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“Because I’ve seen a lot of people come and go. It’s very tough.
“I always debate whether I want to sign again and I’ve been contemplating a while now about whether it’s time to roll the dice, take the leap.
“The big news is I’ve decided not to renew my contract. That’s all. That’s not because I’ve fallen out with anybody, I love everybody. That job has been amazing for me. It’s an important part of television.”
The 44-year-old insisted there was ‘no big drama’ behind his reason to go, and that ‘the door has been left open,’ as far as he is aware.
Chatting to his daughter, Dani Dyer, he said: “Let me tell you something – Mick’s exit is going to be a very, very powerful thing. I would love the door to be left open, and as far as I know it is.
“I just want to send out some love to everyone at EastEnders. I love you all very much. It’ll be a sad year for me, but I’m also very excited about it.”
A spokesperson for the BBC show confirmed Dyer’s exit, adding that there was more ‘drama to come’ before the character’s exit.
They reportedly said: “Danny will be leaving EastEnders when his contract comes to an end later this year.
“Danny has made Mick Carter an iconic character which we shall always be grateful for.
“However we won’t be saying goodbye just yet as there’s still quite some time – and plenty of explosive drama for Mick – to come before he departs Walford.”
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