Jeremy Edwards slams Hollyoaks for Sarah Jayne Dunn 'axing': 'It's wrong'

Jeremy Edwards has branded Hollyoaks’ decision to ‘axe’ Sarah Jayne Dunn ‘wrong’, claiming that the show itself ‘promotes nakedness’.

Sarah, who plays Mandy Richardson, left the Channel 4 soap following a dispute with bosses over her Only Fans account.

She made the decision to set up an account on the subscription site last week, but subsequently met with bosses to discuss it further, and a decision was unable to be reached.

Jeremy, 50, was evidently not impressed with the serial drama, telling Jeremy Vine that he doesn’t think what’s happened is fair ‘at all’.

‘I love Hollyoaks,’ said the Kurt Benson star during an appearance on the Channel 5 show. ‘I bleed Hollyoaks if you cut me. But I think they promote nakedness.

‘I never had clothes on when I was on the show. They’re constantly getting people to get their kit off and I don’t think it’s a big stretch.

‘They do calendars with girls in their underwear. And boys in their boxers, or whatever. I haven’t seen [Sarah’s OnlyFans], but unless she’s naked I don’t understand why they’ve got a problem with it, because they were promoting it in that way.

‘They’re using their bodies to promote the show, and now they’ve decided it’s not cool. I think it’s wrong.’

Sarah 40, told fans last month that her intention in signing up to OnlyFans was so that she could share her ‘racier’ images

She said that she had ‘thought long and hard’ about her decision, explaining that she wants to take back control of her image.

‘[it’s] about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices,’ she wrote on Instagram earlier this week.

The soap legend added: ‘That’s what this is about, being in control, choosing empowerment. I feel sexy and strong and confident when I shoot images like this.

A spokesperson told ‘Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers, who follow our cast very closely, both in the soap and outside of it.

‘We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites.

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‘We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah that would allow her to remain in her role as Mandy, but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans.

‘In the past four years since her return to the show her legacy character has been an integral part of some our most important storylines and we will be very sad to see her go.’

Jeremy Vine airs weekdays at 9:15am on Channel 5.

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