Hollyoaks Jeremy Edwards slams show for dropping Sarah Jayne Dunn over OnlyFans

Actor Jeremy Edwards has slammed Hollyoaks' decision to "axe" Sarah Jayne Dunn claiming that the soap already "promotes nakedness".

Sarah, 40, left the long-running Channel 4 programme following a dispute with shows bosses regarding her Only Fans account.

The actress who is known to fans for playing Mandy Richardson in the show made the decision to set up an account on the popular subscription site last week.

But she also met with bosses to discuss her page further, however, a decision was unable to be reached.

Seeing all the drama unfold, colleague Jeremy wasn't happy with his fellow actress being dropped and spoke openly regarding the incident on Channel 5's Jeremey Vine.

Speaking candidly, the star said: "I love Hollyoaks, I bleed Hollyoaks if you cut me. But I think they promote nakedness."

He continued: "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 previously told her fans that she wanted to use her OnlyFans account to share "racier" images with those who follow her on the platform.

The star also mentioned that she had thought "long and hard" about creating an account but wanted to gain more control of the content that she shares.

She explained: "[It’s] about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices,’ she wrote on Instagram earlier this week.

"That’s what this is about, being in control, choosing empowerment. I feel sexy and strong and confident when I shoot images like this.

"I hope I give other women the confidence to own it, to work hard on themselves, to eat well and healthily and to move their bodies in whatever way makes them feel most alive and energised, to wear whatever they like without judgement and to feel proud to be a woman.

On Wednesday evening, it was confirmed that Sarah and Hollyoaks had parted ways.

Speaking to Metro about the unexpected decision, a spokesperson for the show said: "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.

"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."

They also added that they will be very sad to see Sarah go.

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