EastEnders' Brian Conley confirms exit from soap and addresses row claims

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EastEnders star Brian Conley has confirmed his departure from the show.

The actor posted a video on Instagram on Tuesday evening (September 12) addressing reports that he'll be bowing out from the role of Rocky Cotton.

Brian verified that he will indeed be leaving, but he firmly dismissed reports that he has fallen out with show bosses.

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He explained: "You may have heard reports that I'm leaving EastEnders. It was a tough decision but it is true, I am going and I made it for many reasons, that decision. It is tough because they're such a wonderful crowd, in front of the cameras and behind the cameras and I've loved my three years there.

"So that's the truth in the reports. There's other parts of reports saying that I clashed with TV bosses and the crew. I didn't clash with anyone. I didn't have a rant. But they'll probably report on this now that I'm ranting about ranting! But I'm not ranting!

"I have gone with their blessings at the Beeb and I'm excited about the future and where it's going to go. And I'm also excited about Rocky's exit because I know it's good. So I'm sending you much love – all EastEnders fans."

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An EastEnders spokesperson added: "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 supports 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 some time."

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EastEnders airs on Mondays - Thursdays at 7.30pm on BBC One. The show also streams on BBC iPlayer.

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