Shane Richie denies Alife Moon departure: "I'm NOT leaving EastEnders"

Published Wednesday, May 6 2015, 09:21 BST  |  By  |  Add comment
EastEnders star Shane Richie has denied any speculation that he is leaving the show for good.

Shane, who plays former Queen Vic landord Alfie Moon, spoke out via Twitter to deny reports that he has permanently quit his role in the BBC One soap.

Shane Richie at the TV Choice Awards 2013 held at the Dorchester - Arrivals - September 2013.

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He tweeted: "Lovely people, seems I've been mis-quoted, I'm NOT leaving @bbceastenders #walfordforever."

Shane will soon temporarily leave the soap to film a spin-off drama starring both him and Jessie Wallace, who plays Kat Moon. However, fans can be rest assured that Shane and his character Alfie will be making a return.

Speaking about Kat and Alife's spin-off, executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins said: "In the next few weeks on EastEnders, viewers will witness several huge twists for Kat and Alfie Moon that will change their lives forever. Now is the perfect time to take two of EastEnders' most beloved and enduring characters out of their comfort zone as they head to Ireland to search for answers to some very big questions."

EastEnders, Kat and Alfie picnic, Thu 30 Apr


Kat and Alfie in EastEnders

The spin-off drama will be six hour-long episodes. Filming will start this autumn and is due to transmit in 2016.

Speaking of their new drama, Shane said: "Both Jessie and I are absolutely thrilled to be given this amazing opportunity. To have a whole drama focussed around Kat and Alfie is a huge honour for us both and we just can't wait to start filming."

Meanwhile, Jessie added: "I have always loved working on EastEnders so when I heard of this new drama to take Kat and Alfie outside of Walford, I couldn't believe our luck. To be exploring the next chapter for Kat as well as working alongside my best mate, Shane, is a dream come true and a huge compliment."

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