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Just in case you didn’t know, news has emerged that Bobbby Davro, who plays Vinnie Monks on EastEnders, is leaving. The comedian’s decided to say goodbye to Albert Square after being approached to take part in I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! Or so the rumours say.
The Daily Star claims that the actor has snapped up a £100,000 offer to join Ant & Dec in the jungle. "It’s all been kept very hush-hush, but it’s a good deal," an insider told the newspaper.
"We tried to get Bobby a few years ago but he always resisted. Now he finally appears to be up for a laugh in the jungle."
Speaking last week, Davro explained: "I’ve had a fantastic year with EastEnders and made lots of friends. I hope to be back at some point." Executive producer Diederick Santer added: "We’ve really enjoyed having Bobby with us at EastEnders. I hope this is not so much goodbye as see you later."
Well, I don’t know about you, but as far as I’m concerned Vinnie’s not gonna be missed. Like Mohammed George’s character Gus Smith, Vinnie Monks was hardly ever on EastEnders and when he did make an appearance, his character added very little to the show. I hate to say I told you so, but any EastEnders fan worth their salt will also be saying ‘I told you so’. We knew he wouldn’t work out. When he signed on the dotted line, the people behind the soap were hyping him as the next Alfie Moon. Two words: As. If.
In all fairness to Mr Davro, he wasn’t entirely to blame. I reckon the producers got the pairing of him and Shirley Wicks wrong. They were a total mismatch and lacked any kind of on-screen chemistry, unlike the classic pairing of Shane Ritchie and Jessie Wallace as Alfie Moon and Kat Slater. Still, as Bobby Davro said, he’s made a lot of friends (more like money) on the set of EastEnders and could be back at some point (when it all runs out). Davro will bow out of EastEnders in the autumn, but his on-screen son Callum, who appears for the first time next month, will provide him with a link back to Albert Square. Will they kill him off horribly like they did with Phil ‘Parklife!’ Daniels as Kevin Wicks?
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