Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace

Sunday 9 January 2011, 11:10

Matt Humphreys Matt Humphreys Editorial Lead

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Following some reports in the media today suggesting they were planning to leave EastEnders, Shane Richie and Jessie Wallace have issued statements confirming their ongoing commitment to the show. We can expect to see Kat and Alfie as a fixture in Albert Square for quite some time.

Kat and Alfie

Here's Shane's response to the reports... "

It's absolutely not true, I have no plans to quit EastEnders. In fact, as I have been saying, I've never been happier there. I'm reading reports that we are all about to walk out which is nonsense.

I know some people have found this story challenging which I can understand, but EastEnders have listened to that and taken some of the feedback on board. I just want to carry on giving the best performances we can to do the story justice".

Jessie Wallace said, "I wish someone told me I was quitting as I have just learnt all my lines! I don't know where these stories come from but it's just not true both myself and Shane are really happy at EastEnders" .

Regarding speculation in the newspapers that there was unrest at EastEnders a spokesperson added: "There is no truth whatsoever in claims that there is unrest at EastEnders. Although, as we've said some changes are being made to the current storyline. This means cast and crew working to tighter deadlines but this is not out of the ordinary on a big production like EastEnders.

The show does go on and everyone will be working together to bring this storyline to its rightful conclusion".

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    Comment number 1.

    If bringing the baby swap storyline to an end early is a 'rightful conclusion' then why wasn't it done in the first place?

    Also is it normal for the BBC to respond to a Daily Star article when we know that as newly returned characters they will be on long contracts?

    And how come you can release a statement about this yet Bryan Kirkwood has still not directly responded to the criticism about the baby swap aspect of the storyline?
    Note: I don't mean the cot death.

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    Comment number 2.

    Glad to hear they are staying. They have been amazing in the baby story and i actually feel sorry for them that is being cut short. I was looking forward to how it would affect Kat and Alfie and seeing it play out on screen. Hopefully there are lots more stories in the pipeline for this fab double act.

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    Comment number 3.

    I'm glad to hear that shane and jessie aren't leaving EE, and I hope that there isn't any unhappiness amongst the cast and crew regarding the current media outcry against the baby-swap story. Yes the storyline is strong, but that's what we true EE fans expect and want from our fav show. I'm sorry that the storyline is going to be resolved earlier than planned, because I suspect that the story writers had invested alot of time and engery creating a dramatic arch that will now have to be curtailed. That said, with poor samantha womack being abused in the street by the actions of her character, and the anti-bbc press stoking-up a storm about this storyline then i understand why it is being wound up earlier than planned. Of cause I sympathise with people who have suffered the lose of any baby, child, loved one, but i do think that soaps/dramas are there to inform, advice, but also entertain (through sometimes through shock and awe), and I would like to have expereinced the orginally planned storyline, not matter how distressing it would have been, i suspect its original arch would have delivered an amazing and rewarding outcome. Such a pity certain people/media can't leave creativity alone. Yep, the death and swapping of a baby is shocking, but so is rape, murder, child-abuse, etc. they are all factors of life, and when looking at ronnie's hasty actions of new year's eve in conjunction with her life,actions, etc of her whole life it does (at least to me)seen understandable - if only to ronnie in that moment of split second madness. Thanks EE writers, and samantha, jessie, shane and scott, etc. for handling the whole storyline with care and grace. sorry its caused such negative press. keep up the good work.

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    Comment number 4.

    I'm glad to know there is know truth in this as shane and jessie are brilliant in the show.The whole storyline is brilliant and im gutted that the story is not going to run untill christmas that would be brilliant i think eastenders bosses should of fought harder to keep the story going as the percentage of complaints aint that many if you way up how many millions watch the show i just hope eastenders script writters are going to think of another really good christmas storyline but it will be hard to top the baby one.I look forward to seeing more of shane and jessie on the show and they should ignore all the bad things about the storyline written in the press there acting has been outstanding and im sure it will continue

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    Comment number 5.

    so glad shane and jessie arnt leaving cause they are the best in the show and if they bring all the slaters back that will be even better....so glad they were brought back abnd hopefully they will be around for a long time xx

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    Comment number 6.

    im glad that shane and jessie isnt leaving and other cast members :)but when they say they listen to the viewers and take in consideration what they are saying is clearly a lie becuase before the baby swap storyline was out they told us about the story and fans of ronnie and kat were sayin they want them to be happy so why didnt they consider that...i dont think the show will be the same for some reason...i hope it does because i am a big fan of the show and ook forward to watching it everynight...:/

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    Comment number 7.

    I'm so glad that they are not leaving the show! Jesse and Shane are fantastic and I love there onscreen relationship! I was so pleased to see them both back! Can't wait for what EE has instore for them I just hope that's it all happy, and certainly can't wait for Kat and Alfie to get there baby boy back! XX

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    Comment number 8.

    Kat and Alfie, You're just brilliant! (Jesse and Shane are for reality)Haven't been following media hype so this all came as a big shock. A word for the media- get out there and report on what's happening in the real world and leave us to enjoy the best soap opera in the whole wide world! And producers/directors!.....just get back to your storyline. You're doing a terrific job. We all benefit and learn from how Eastenders highlights the awful problems/difficulties etc (I know. I lost my beautiful son)

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    Comment number 9.

    So happy to hear that Jessie and Shane are not leaving, they've both been fantastic in those sad sad episodes. They've portrait the grieving parents brilliantly but I have to say that I'm glad that this whole baby switching thing will be brought to a early finished. I'm all for handling difficult subject as the cot death but BBC went too far with the baby switching storyline.
    Hope that they'll stay on for a very long time, they've been my favorite couple for a very long time.

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    Comment number 10.

    @budge9: Please give it a rest already. These people you are continually attacking are creating a TV that depicts fictional characters. They are not politicians or policy makers that impact the lives of real people. Everyone can choose to watch the show or not. If a storyline upsets you, just don't watch. This continual vitriol is much more offensive than anything that has even been on the show.

    There are many of us who feel these storylines have been presented in a perfectly fine way; sensitively handled and wonderfully acted. What I have seen of it so far has been captivating. Yes, I'd like to see Kat get her baby back, and everyone have a happy ending, but this is a fictional drama. I am a regular viewer and so I know the character of Ronnie, and her history and I can understand how she snapped in this moment of grief.

    What I cannot understand is the bullying behavior exhibited by people who will not stop harping about this.

    It is really a shame that all this manufactured outrage has overshadowed the actual episodes and the terrific performances of both Jessie Wallace and Samantha Womack. And I hope that the BBC hold its ground, if only because giving in to bullies only encourages more bullying, and if they give in, it won't end here. I think these same groups will mount the same sort of campaigns any time they don't like a storyline.

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    Comment number 11.

    ...and btw, I'm very happy to hear that Shane & Jessie will be around for a long time to come. Thanks for clearing that up!

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    Comment number 12.

    Thank you E20Launderette! You have saved me the job. I absolutely agree wholeheartedly.

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    Comment number 13.

    I know this is fictional drama but still it a bit revolting to watch, and i shame for me cause i been watching eastenders for ages and I have stopped watching it now due to the sick storyline.

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    Comment number 14.

    @E20Launderette: Well said!

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    Comment number 15.

    I agree with everything miw3663 says, yes it is true that the storyline about the baby snatching is sad, sick and extremely upsetting but it is also a fact of life and things like this can and unfortunatly do happen. I would personally like to take this oportunity to applaud Jessie, Shane, Sam and Scott for all there great acting in the storyline. I think the fact that Sam being abused in the street because of her caracters actions is totally diabolical and the fact that this was done in front of her children is a disgrace, these low life should realise that Sam is an ACTRESS ACTING OUT A SCRIPT and it is not something she herself has done.
    I for 1 will continue to switch on to EE and i very much look forward to more great storylines in the future. KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK GUYS.

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    Comment number 16.

    Call me cynical but I don't think the EE team have decided to bring the storyline to 'a swift conclusion' because of viewers' complaints. I think they always intended to finish it to coincide with Samantha Womack's departure and put out laundered 'information' about it lasting a year or more to make us think our complaints have had an effect.
    Anyway - I wouldn't call 4 or 5 months 'swift'. That poor baby will have had all that time without his family, which is just cruel, and Kat forgiving Ronnie would be just unbelievable.
    Before anyone says 'get real, it's only a soap' - the team wouldn't ask for advice about their storylines if they didn't want their episodes to be as realistic as possible. The swap is where they've gone wrong with this; they could have investigated cot death and baby-snatching as separate issues at different times, and in depth, as they did with the bi-polar theme, rather than linking the two.

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    Comment number 17.

    im so pleased that jessie and shane arn't leaving, they make the show so fabulous and bring the square together. i feel so sorry for them both to go through what they have recently, its a big shock.

    people say that the show is fictional, yes, but i would be quiet surprised on how many people- sick people would acually steel someone elses child, no fault of there own but it can happen and has been done... even tho people dont get away with it.

    i would like to say carry on the good work u guys, ur doung a great job...

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    Comment number 18.

    I LOVE Kat and Alfie and I LOVE Jessie and Shane!! So glad they are staying for a long time! They are amazing and iconic characters and incredible actors! :)

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    Comment number 19.

    I've just heard that Alfie and Kat will be getting their baby boy back. I'm am over the moon by this news! Great acting by these two and by Sam who plays Ronnie! Sad that Sam feels she has to leave! The whole story line sucks with the baby swap as well as a death but the bosses at eastenders have done the right thing by ending this horrible storyline! Apparently they don't get the baby back till spring but hopefully it will be sooner then later! Jessies acting is fantastic and I've been in tears watching her play Kat but seeing Kat soo said when she's such a loud bubbly and firey character makes you feel her pain. I can't wait to see Kat and Alfies face when they get baby Tommy back and hope they can still bond with their little boy.

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    Comment number 20.

    I totally agree with E20Launderette

    What I cannot understand is how the genral public cannot seem to understand that the EE cast are actors and not real people.. But then I supposed there is no accounting for people's intelligence.

    I understand that the current storyline is very upsetting but unfortunately this storyline, along with many others, are actually based on true life.

    If you find the programme offensive, upsetting etc., DONT WATCH IT and let people who do enjoy it watch it.

    Whatever happened to live and let live; I don't complain about certain programmes that I find offensive, I just turn over or turn off.

 

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