CORONATION Street viewers have said the show is “in the gutter” and blame the “greedy” decision to do six episodes a week for destroying it.
Since January 23 seven stars have announced they’re to leave the soap, including Bhavna Limbachia, Kym Marsh, Tristan Gemmill and Faye Brookes, sparking a crisis on the cobbles.
Fans of the show aren’t surprised by the mass exodus though and believe the work load is too much for the cast – and they are not impressed with producer Iain MacLeod or the current storylines.
In 2017, the soap announced its decision to go from five to six episodes a week.
Taking to a forum to discuss its downfall, one person wrote: “Six episodes is killing the cast and crew and it's painfully showing through in the quality of what we're seeing right now.”
A second remarked: “Coronation Street is in the gutter right now so I'm not surprised so many are jumping ship.”
A third said: “Coronation Street should never have gone to 6 episodes. It's really showing its decline.”
While a fourth added: “Bring back Daran Little! The show turns 60 in just over 19 months and this is the best they're capable of right now? It's really been in the gutter since last August.”
And a fifth remarked: “ITV got greedy and its finally coming back to bite them.”
Soap insiders have assured The Sun Online that the new producer isn’t to blame.
They said: “Corrie’s cast is the biggest it has ever been, and actors always come and go in a soap.
“Producers have recently cast Gemma’s brother and four members of the Bailey family.
“Corrie is a great show to work on and everyone is very excited about Iain’s plans for the summer, there are some massive storylines coming up. Sometimes actors want to try other things, sometimes storylines dictate that people will leave.
“There is no issue at all with Iain.”
Lucy Fallon also denied the new boss was behind her decision to stop playing Bethany Platt.
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