Hollyoaks star Jeremy Edwards confirms he’s quit show after being trolled

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Jeremy Edwards took to Twitter to announce his departure from Hollyoaks, admitting in the process that the relentless trolling he received played a part in his decision.

The actor, now 49, made his comeback to the soap last year after a twisted storyline saw his character, Kurt Benson, return from the dead. Kurt was killed off over 20 years ago during a jet ski tragedy in 1999.

Tall tales are an integral part of the wonderful world of soaps – and it’s certainly not the first time a character has made a miraculous return from the grave – but it seemed viewers just couldn’t get on board with Kurt’s twist of fate. Trolling ensued as a result which Jeremy referred to in his tweet.

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“It is with a heavy heart I am announcing I will NOT be returning to Hollyoaks,” he announced. “Many reasons, but I’d be lying if I said being judged on here hasn’t influenced my decision,” the soap star admitted.

Jeremy left the door open, not ruling out a comeback in the future, saying: “Never say never but for now I’m done.”

He signed off the tweet with gratitude to those who had stuck up for his return: “Thank you to those who have supported me for me.”

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Fans of Jeremy, who recently announced his wife's pregnancy exclusively with OK!, were devastated to see him go.

One said: “I am so very sad to hear this, you are a true legend and you will be very missed that’s for sure! We adore you.”

While another wrote: “Jeremy you coming back made me interested to watch again, the show has been plodding for a while now, I keep up with it on in the background in case anything happens. Then you came back & it livened up for a while. You'll be back, they just need to get some new blood in writers.”


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Jeremy got into a conversation with one fan who commented: “Actor makes a career decision based on Karen on Twitter….”

“Who’s Karen? I need to speak to her, perhaps she can guide me?” was Jeremy’s lighthearted response. “Trust me, you need to ignore Karen. She’s not nice,” the fan told him.

Jeremy then clarified that trolling was only a part of his decision to leave the Channel 4 soap. “I need to make this clear. It is one of many factors. Thank you for your concern. I’m particularly low atm as we all are so let’s be nice to one another.”

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