Ruthless Hollyoaks bosses didn't let me say goodbye to pals after OnlyFans row, says Sarah Jayne Dunn

SARAH Jayne Dunn has blasted "ruthless" Hollyoaks bosses for not allowing her to say goodbye to her co-stars before she was sacked from the soap.

The 40-year-old was axed from her £120k-a-year role on the long-running Channel 4 soap for her failure to close her saucy OnlyFans account.

Five days after refusing to do what they said, the actress claimed the soap "terminated" her contract with immediate effect and wasn't allowed to film her final scenes.

Speaking on the Tis Yourself podcast, the former soap star said: "I got pulled in for a meeting on Friday and by Wednesday morning they’d terminated my contract with immediate effect.

"So I didn’t even have the chance to say goodbye to anyone, or go in to film my final scenes. 

"Considering I put so many years in… went in filming when Stanley was poorly in hospital and things like that, I feel like it’s a really ruthless way to be treated. There was no, ‘Let's work this out’ or ‘What can we do?’.”

Sarah admitted that she was already upset with how things were going with her character Mandy Richardson prior to her departure, which left her feeling "anxious" about her future.

“I went back [after Covid halted filming] and actually the character was completely different," she shared.

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"I had quite a lot of trouble I had quite a lot of meetings going, ‘I’m struggling with who she is and what’s going on’.

"I felt like I’d gone back to a) a different place and b) a different character.

"I wasn't very happy and I was going into work and I was quite anxious and wasn’t very busy.”

Earlier this month, it was finally revealed that Mandy was leaving the village for good – with an off-screen exit.

Viewers saw Cindy Cunningham (Stephanie Waring) and Zara Morgan (Kelly Greenwood) tell Mandy's daughter Ella (Erin Palmer) that her mum had moved to America to start a new job.

Fans were far from impressed with the underwhelming exit for Mandy, who had been on screens since 1996.

One wrote: "That was a s*** exit for Mandy!!!! @sarahjaynedunn deserved better."

Another said: "Did Hollyoaks really give Mandy’s exit by some lame letter after 25 years? Sorry but Mandy would never leave Ella behind like that ever, S*** EXIT AND DISGUSTING! I’m no longer watching it."

And a third raged: "The way they’ve written out Mandy is stupidly laughable. This show really doesn’t do itself justice a lot of the time."

After refusing to quit OnlyFans despite the threat of losing her six figure salaried job on the Channel 4 soap, Sarah left the show in a dispute.

She clashed with bosses over her decision to join the controversial 18+ network, where she claimed she was “taking back control” after previously posing for lads mags earlier in her career.

Admitting some fans would “find it shocking,” she explained: “I'm simply moving my sexier, racier images to another platform.

“This is a decision I’ve thought long and hard about, not one I’ve taken lightly or on a whim, it’s about taking back control, about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices.

"I love doing photo shoots, always have always will, it’s how I got into the acting industry, at the tender age of 12 I decided I wanted to be a model and enrolled on a modelling course, joined an agency and had my first professional shoot and I was hooked. I got my first TV audition and the rest is history.

"I’ve been lucky enough to travel to some pretty amazing places for photoshoots since being 17, that being said I’ve never felt in control, of the content or of the finances.”

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