Windsor refutes EastEnders quit rumours

EastEnders matriarch Barbara Windsor denied this afternoon that there was any truth in claims surrounding her decision to quit the BBC soap.

The Carry On legend today insisted that she made the choice to leave for one reason only to spend more time with her husband Scott Mitchell.

On Wednesday, the 72-year-old announced her intention to step down from her role as Queen Vic landlady Peggy Mitchell next year, much to the shock of many of the soap's fans.

This weekend, however, her desire to take a step back from the world of soap has been shrouded in tabloid theories over an alleged pay cut, supposed frustration at "changes to the programme", arguments with the drama's management and her screen husband Larry Lamb's departure from the Walford serial at Christmas.

Speaking to Digital Spy this afternoon, Windsor insisted: "I am upset at suggestions made that I have chosen to leave EastEnders because of money, changes that are being made to the show or a supposed bust up with producers, as there is absolutely no truth in them.

"I made the tough decision to leave for purely one reason , after 15 years in the show, I want to spend more time with my husband Scott."

An EastEnders insider commented: "It's a shame that after the love and dedication Barbara has given to EastEnders for 15 years, people have to find an ulterior motive as to why she's leaving and that they cannot simply accept that she wants to take a step back and have more time for herself."

A BBC spokesperson confirmed to DS: "Barbara's decision to leave EastEnders has absolutely nothing to do with money, contracts or supposed changes at EastEnders."

They added: "Barbara made the difficult decision as after 15 years of playing Peggy Mitchell, she felt it was time to pull her last pint and spend more time with her husband Scott."

Source - Digital Spy

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