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Hollyoaks star Jeremy Edwards reveals he is returning to the soap – months after dramatically quitting over fan backlash

JEREMY Edwards WILL return to Hollyoaks despite quitting over a fan backlash.

The actor – who plays Kurt Benson in the Channel 4 soap – backtracked on his announcement that he'd quit – insisting he was “just in a mood”.

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Jeremy told OK! magazine: "No, I just got in a mood and was reacting because people were being mean on social media. 

“People expect me to look like I did when I was 22, which is ridiculous. Then I saw it and thought, 'Oh God, I look awful and heavy'. 

“I’ve dropped loads of weight now. I think I look slimmer and I'm happier for it."

He added: "What I was doing got cut short because of Covid. I will be back at some point but I can't say more than that," Edwards revealed.


"They've had to cut the numbers of actors they can use on set so it's hard to bring people back and do big storylines. It's just playing a waiting game."

Back in January Jeremy lashed out on social media over fan comments about his comeback.

Kurt Benson made his amazing return for the soap's 25th anniversary episodes with pal Tony believing he'd seen a ghost, after Kurt was killed off-screen in a jet ski accident in 1999.

But many viewers refused to accept he had since transformed into a conman and they hounded Jeremy on Twitter, with the actor deciding he no longer wanted to play the role.

He announced his decision on Twitter and said: "It is with a heavy heart I am announcing I will NOT be returning to #Hollyoaks.

"Many reasons but I’d be lying if I said being judged on here hasn’t influenced my decision. Never say never but for now I’m done.

"Thank you to those who have supported me for me."

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