EastEnders star Matt Lapinkas claims he was brutally sacked from the soap then asked to lie by show boss
EASTENDERS star Matt Lapinkas has claimed he was brutally sacked from the soap then asked to lie about it.
The actor is known for playing Anthony Moon in the BBC soap for a short stint and was introduced to the Square in 2011.
He said he was shocked to be told of his departure just a year later, when a new showrunner joined EastEnders in 2012.
He told the latest episode of Soap From The Box podcast: "When Lorraine Newman came in I went up to have a meeting with her and she told me they weren’t renewing my contract.
"I was like, ‘Oh. Ok’. We went to an awards ceremony the next couple of days, someone said to me and Tony (who played Tyler Moon), because we always used to do interviews together, ‘The Moon boys have taken the Square by storm, we can’t wait to see what’s next for you’.
"But I’d been told I wasn’t allowed to say that I was leaving. So it was a moment of like, 'Oh… it’s going to be good!'".
Matt compared EastEnders to being managed like a football club, saying actors are signed or dropped when a new boss is appointed.
He added: "EastEnders is like a football club. There was a manager there at the time (I joined) called Bryan Kirkwood and he brought in the players he wanted to play with and give his storylines to.
"When that manager departs a new manager comes in and wants to freshen it up, get rid of a few signings and bring in their own."
The actor, who once dated co-star Shona McGarty (Whitney Dean), didn't keep his exit a secret for long after he was told he was leaving the soap in May 2012.
He soon released a statement, saying: "Working with David Essex, Tony Discipline and the EastEnders cast has been an absolute pleasure. Although I will really miss EastEnders and everyone involved, I am very excited about future projects and what is next for me as an actor."
Matt has now swapped Albert Square for a construction site and promotes his building business on Instagram.
The TV star has set up an Instagram for his construction business to showcase the projects he has been working on – and is even offering fans free building quotes.
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