Beverley Callard may never return to Coronation Street after her huge exit next year and has not discussed a comeback with ITV bosses, an insider has told Mirror Online.
This comes after reports that bosses were reportedly desperate for the actress to return after devising an explosive new storyline for character Liz McDonald.
Yet an ITV source has denied rumours, saying that while the door would be left open, potential future contracts are not being discussed.
The insider told us: "There have been no discussions about when or if Beverley will return – she is still filming Corrie for another eight or nine months and then going on tour, so potential future contracts would not be something that would even be considered or discussed at this stage. That is not how it works!
They added: "She is leaving to do a theatre tour that could go on a long time, she knows the door is left open and the character won't be killed off. It could be years before she returns.
"To say she is taking a year off to recharge her batteries is nonsense, she is going to be very busy for the foreseeable future once both whilst she is still at Corrie and once she has left."
Yesterday, actress Beverley confirmed that she would be leaving the soap after 30 years as the iconic character.
Liz, who is the mother of hapless Steve and grandmother to troublesome Amy, will be leaving next year amid a major storyline.
Beveley told OK! Magazine that she had experienced "so many sleepless nights" over her decision to leave, but knew she was making the right choice.
Teasing her exit plot, she said: "I’ve been told Liz is going to go with one hell of a bang. I cant wait!"
Beverley, who first appeared on the soap in 1989, will soon go on tour with the comedy The Thunder Girls.
She joined the theatre show based on the best-selling novel alongside Coleen Nolan and Emmerdale's Sandra Marvin earlier this year.
*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV
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