Danny Dyer reveals real reason he left EastEnders: 'I'd had enough'
Danny Dyer reveals the real reason he left EastEnders as actor takes a swipe at his former co-stars: ‘I’d f***ing had enough’
Danny Dyer has revealed the real reason he chose to leave EastEnders and has taken aim at some former co-stars.
The actor, 46, who played Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter on the BBC soap for nine years until exciting last Christmas, admitted he felt the standards drop towards the latter part of his time on the show.
Speaking at a fan Q&A in London on Monday, he said: ‘The first few years we f***ing smashed it. It was powerful s**t. The viewer listened to us more than these f***ing c* politicians.
‘I was blessed with some amazing storylines, some s**te ones as well.
‘They f***ed it up towards the end. It’s a shame it had to come to an end but I’d f***ing had enough.’
Open: Danny Dyer has revealed the real reason he chose to leave EastEnders and has taken aim at some former co-stars
That wasn’t the only reason Danny left it appears – as he didn’t miss the opportunity to take aim at some of his former co-stars.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Danny had secret feuds with co-stars Jessie Wallace and Steve McFadden.
And without naming names, Danny said: ‘I’ve worked with a lot of actors that are c***s, very selfish, it’s all about them.
‘You need to look after your other actors. It’s about teamwork and looking after each other.’
Meanwhile, Dyer also admitted that being cast as Mick Carter saved his career following some bad films.
He said: ‘I had made too many bad films and I was reduced to going to nightclubs and waving off the balcony in places like Kidderminster.
‘I couldn’t put the kids through school anymore. I had f***ed it and then I get a call from Dominic Treadwell Collins, who asked me to come down and meet him at The Langham hotel and I had just about enough petrol to get there! It changed my life and it changed my f***ing career as well.’
Earlier this year, Danny opened up on his departure from the show, admitting that he ‘didn’t know’ who he was playing anymore.
Viewers were forced to say goodbye to Danny’s character on Christmas Day when he was lost at sea during a tense festive special.
Had enough: The actor, 46, who played Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter on the BBC soap for nine years until exciting last Christmas, admitted he felt the standards drop towards the latter part of his time on the show
Unspoken tension: Sources have long-claimed a feud between the actor and co-star Steve, who has allegedly disliked Danny since his arrival to the soap in 2013
Dramatic: Mick got lost at sea during Danny Dyer’s explosive finale on Christmas Day
But reflecting on his show exit, Danny has now admitted that he became disillusioned with his character and felt like Mick had ‘lost his way’.
Danny’s character came into the show back in 2013 with wife Linda (Kellie Bright) and their children.
But after the happy couple’s initial stint, things would eventually change, with teenage sweethearts Mick and Linda parting ways and Mick re-marrying Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks.
‘I didn’t quite know who I was playing anymore,’ star Danny told The Sun of his later storylines. ‘It was an odd thing.’
Discussing his reasons for leaving the show, Danny also claimed that, in recent years, he’s been constantly told by people that they no longer watch EastEnders.
He said: ‘All I got for the past couple of years was, “You still in that EastEnders? I don’t watch it anymore.” Constantly, that was the thing.
‘When I first came in there was like seven or eight million people watching it, of course because of streaming services and all that stuff a lot less people do watch it.
‘It was more that people didn’t watch it anymore: “You still in that?” it was all that sort of dialogue.
‘It was a lot of people, a lot of young people, young people don’t watch it.’
When Danny joined the BBC One show in 2013, EastEnders was regularly getting up to eight million viewers a night, but in the past year those figures have gone down to roughly 2.5 million an episode.
Although Mick is presumed dead because his body was not found, Danny also admitted he is not closing the door on a return to EastEnders in the future in the same way Harold Bishop returned to Neighbours after he was believed to have drowned.
He said: ‘I had a good reaction from all that. I was very surprised by the amount of love I got from it, really. I didn’t quite know how that was going to go down.
‘I do remember Harold Bishop, a few people have mentioned that to me because he died and then he came back, he washed up funnily enough, lost his memory.
‘Who knows? They’ve kept it open, I could turn up in three years smothered in seaweed. I went to Canvey, I thought I’d go and get a caravan on Canvey Island.’
End of an era: Reflecting on his show exit, Danny admitted that he became disillusioned with his character and felt like Mick had ‘lost his way’
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