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'EastEnders' bosses deny cast rumours

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Ronnie Mitchell in EastEnders

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EastEnders bosses have insisted that there is "no truth" in rumours that the soap's baby swap storyline has sparked a revolt from the programme's stars.

Reports today have suggested that the controversy surrounding the plot has affected morale on the set of the BBC show and led to ill-feeling between cast members and producers.

Over 8,400 people are known to have complained over the tragic New Year story, which saw Ronnie Branning (Samantha Womack) switch her dead son James with Kat Moon's (Jessie Wallace) child after losing her baby to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

However, a show spokesperson told DS today: "There is no truth whatsoever in claims that there is unrest at EastEnders. Although, as we've said, some changes are being made to the current storyline.

"This means cast and crew working to tighter deadlines, but this is not out of the ordinary on a big production like EastEnders. The show does go on and everyone will be working together to bring this storyline to its rightful conclusion."

Earlier today, Shane Richie - who plays Kat's husband Alfie - confirmed that he has no plans to quit EastEnders following reports that he had been considering his future at the show amid the controversy. He also insisted that talk of an imminent cast walkout was "nonsense".

The baby swap storyline will now reach its conclusion on screen in April. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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