EASTENDERS' legend, Danny Dyer, has quit the London-based soap after nine years on the job.
Here's everything we know about why Danny Dyer decided to quit the long-running BBC show.
Why did Danny Dyer quit Eastenders?
The 44-year-old actor, who plays Queen Vic landlord Mick Carter, has decided to leave the East End for good, to pursue other opportunities.
His, departure is set to leave the popular soap with huge shoes to fill.
It's also not the first time the star has worked on other projects outside of the BBC drama, despite Danny being tied to a gruelling soap schedule.
In 2019 he took a six-week break to appear in a series of plays paying tribute to his mentor Harold Pinter alongside Martin Freeman.
He also presents the Spotify podcast – Sorted With The Dyers, where he helps solve listeners' problems, with Love Island star daughter Dani, who has also appeared on EastEnders with him.
The star has also hosted gameshow The Wall since 2019 – a move which took his BBC salary from £400,000 to a reported £1million.
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What is he doing next?
It is thought that Danny has signed a new contract for a rival drama on Sky in a six-figure deal.
While that is significantly less than he earns at the BBC, he would be free to pursue opportunities outside the Corporation that could see his income rocket.
Strict BBC rules have prevented him from appearing on rival channels – which has irked the 44-year-old Cockney and some of his fellow co-stars.
One source said: “Danny has offers coming in left right and centre, and a lot of the things he has wanted to do he can’t because EastEnders have such strict rules about what he can and can’t do.
“It’s driven him mad at times and he’s now ready for a change. But it hasn’t been easy to walk away, BBC bosses have been desperate to keep him.
But he’s been insistent and when Sky approached they gave him an offer he couldn’t refuse. It’s a new chapter for Dan and he’s over the moon.”
An exact date for his departure is not known but scriptwriters must now turn their pens towards Mick’s exit plot and BBC bosses are aware they're losing a valuable asset.
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