EastEnders Brian Conley slams fall-out claims after surprise exit announcement

Actor Brian Conley has hit back at claims he hated working on EastEnders.

The actor is quitting his role as Thomas “Rocky” Cotton after three years on the soap. Insiders claim it’s because he clashed with bosses, but Brian insists there’s no bad blood.

He told me: “Of course there hasn’t been any problems. I’ve loved my time on EastEnders, I really have. Genuinely, I’ve had the best time ever.

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“I’ve made good friends and I will keep that going. It’s been a wonderful journey and an amazing experience.”

Brian’s final scenes on EastEnders are due to air within weeks. There is speculation he could be the character who dies in its explosive Christmas storyline.

Brian’s next gig will be in panto – playing Buttons in Cinderella in Milton Keynes. And he’s already in talks about doing more roles in 2024.

He said: “There are things in the pipeline. Both TV and film roles have been offered. So we’ll see what happens.

“But it might be nice to have a little break as well to be honest!” It comes after the actor announced that he was leaving the show back in September.

Speaking to OK magazine, he confessed: "It was a tough decision but it is true that I am going. I made it for many reasons.

"It was tough as they are such a wonderful crowd in front and behind the cameras and I have loved my three years there." His exit was surrounded with feud rumours, but the BBC have since shut them down.

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A spokesperson told The Independent: "We can confirm that Brian Conley will be leaving EastEnders. There is absolutely no truth in any claims of a feud with bosses and the show fully support Brian in his decision to leave, which was made some time ago.

"We wish him the best of luck for the future as we continue to work towards his exit storyline which has been in the works for sometime."

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