Departing Coronation Street star Kym Marsh has denied claims that the soap is in crisis amid the announcements of several high profile cast exits, including Lucy Fallon as Bethany Platt, Faye Brookes as Kate Connor and Katie McGlynn as Sinead Tinker.
Reports had suggested that long working hours and issues with pay were behind the numerous imminent departures but Kym has rubbished this, saying that the show will continue to thrive no matter who is in the cast and suggesting that the exits are are a coincidence.
She wrote in her column for OK! Magazine: ‘Whichever actors are involved in it, Coronation Street will continue to be a big, brilliant show. There’s no “crisis”. It’s just natural that a show like Corrie will have comings and goings – just like you would on any real-life street in the UK!
‘I personally can’t wait to see which new faces might be turning up on the cobbles.’
This follows a denial of crisis talks from Metro.co.uk’s source close to the show, who told us: ‘There aren’t nor have there been any crisis talks.’
Kym announced her decision to depart so she could flex her acting muscles but made it clear she still holds the character of Michelle dear and hinted that her departure could be more of an extended break than a final exit.
Lucy meanwhile won’t exit until next year when her contract expires and, while Katie’s exit has not been officially confirmed, it is believed to be more storyline related.
Faye – along with Tristan Gemmill, who plays Robert Preston – will both depart in coming months with Brooke Vincent, aka Sophie Webster, heading off on maternity leave.
Coronation recently cast a brand new family of four which will quickly expand to five and announced plans for the arrival of Gemma Winter’s mum.
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