In an interview with DS, the actor confirmed that he is "looking forward" to Kirkwood officially taking over the reins of the long-running show.
Kirkwood was announced as the BBC drama's new boss last November following Diederick Santer's decision to step down after three years at the helm.
Paying tribute to Santer's stint at the top, Woodyatt - who plays Walford's Ian Beale - commented: "He's done really, really well. [His predecessor] Kate Harwood got us out of a bit of a crisis and Diederick continued that success and brought the show back to its strengths."
On EastEnders' future with Kirkwood in charge, he said: "I'm looking forward to it. I've not met him yet, but have been talking to various cast members who know him. Everybody talks and everyone's curious what a new boss is going to be like. I think this is my 14th boss!"
Santer will relinquish his role as executive producer at the end of the month.
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