BBC forced to address rumours that Danny Dyer has quit EastEnders

Posted February 17, 2017

Speaking to the publication, a source said: 'The producers are concerned about him for a number of reasons. "I'm sure everybody loves Danny", he told the hosting duo.

The 39-year-old actor, who plays pub landlord Mick Carter in the BBC soap, joined the Walford-based soap in 2013 and proved a popular addition, having remained behind the bar at the Queen Victoria pub ever since.

"He appears to be exhausted", they revealed.

The actor is a show favourite and bosses supposedly want to make sure he's better so he can return to the soap.

But in a statement just released, a BBC spokesperson said: "Danny is on a short break from EastEnders".

With his son Lee slapping his wife Whitney, ditching her on Valentine's day and also suffering from depression, life isn't looking good for Mick Carter at the moment.

Danny had hinted last month about leaving the show as his current contract is up for renewal later in the year.

The source admitted it has caused a bit of a problem for upcoming storyline: "The storylines are worked out months in advance and no one was expecting him to be off".

EastEnders have not confirmed how long the break is for, with insiders predicting it could be "a number of weeks - everyone is determined to get him back to his best". "There is an enforced break that is expected to last a number of weeks", the source continued. A lot of scripts had to be torn up and it's caused a lot of behind-the-scenes chaos. "I'd keep my accent too".

The actor, known for his hard-man roles, recently made headlines when he discovered that he is descended from the likes of William the Conqueror, Edward III and Thomas Cromwell in an episode of the BBC's Who Do You Think You Are? "I mean, I did try to give up drinking but - as you can see - I'm now sucking on a lager". Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.