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Danny Dyer worried quitting EastEnders was mistake ahead of emotional soap exit

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    Danny Dyer has already worried that quitting EastEnders was a mistake.

    The star, 45, broke down in tears at his leaving bash because he misses playing Mick Carter on the hit soap so much.

    He told the Daily Star: "To make the decision I made… I didn’t make it lightly. It’s a huge job to walk away from. I thought long and hard about it.

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    “I did have a leaving do and I was questioning if I’ve made the right decision. I did a little speech. There were a lot of tears.

    "It’s very emotional for me. When I watch the show, I do miss it.”

    Danny and co-star Kellie Bright, 46, who plays his on-screen ex Linda, both wept.

    He added: "We were crying. There was a lot of love for me in the room and there was a part of me that wanted to just duck out because it was emotional for me."

    Danny’s exit from the show will air over Christmas.

    It will involve a dramatic showdown with Janine Butcher, played by Charlie Brooks, 41.

    Danny said: “I didn’t think I’d last nine years. When I came onto the show I was a fing car crash. I can’t believe I got given a shot. My career was fing on its arse.

    “I’m very attached to this show.

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    "It’s been a third of my career. I’ve been knocking about in this industry for 30 years and for nearly 10, I’ve been in this show.

    “I wanted it to be a fitting end. So hopefully it is. It’s sad, but all good things come to an end. The show has to change and move on.”
    Danny’s co-stars got him a cheeky neon sign as a leaving present that reads: “Shoot the c***” — a phrase he used to say on set.

    But he’s not been allowed to display it at home.

    He added: “The missus ain’t having it at the moment.”

    Eastenders airs Monday to Thursday on BBC One at 7.30pm

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