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'EastEnders' Matt Lapinskas: 'Anthony exit was a shock'

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Former EastEnders star Matt Lapinskas has admitted that he was shocked to be written out of the soap.

The actor bowed out from his role as Anthony Moon last summer after only a year in the part.

British Soap Awards 2012: Matt Lapinskas

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Albert Square sign

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Lapinskas, who is still dating current cast member Shona McGarty (Whitney Dean), has now spoken candidly about his axing for the first time.

He told The Sun's TV Magazine: "I had absolutely no idea what was coming. The week before, I'd been talking about storylines that were to come for Anthony in the years ahead.

"Before my meeting telling me they'd decided not to renew my contract, I was having a laugh with everyone: 'I'm going to get my P45 now.' Then it actually happened. People didn't seem to know why. When I told Shona, she was upset."

The 23-year-old said that Anthony's exit could have been linked to the decision to bring in Joey Branning, played by David Witts.

Anthony and Alice share a kiss.

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Anthony pleads with Derek after the poker match goes horribly wrong.

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He commented: "Maybe they wanted to swap one young guy for another young guy. The show is very Branning-orientated at the moment. Almost every scene's got a Branning in it."

Lapinskas added that he is looking on the bright side as his relationship with McGarty has been "ten times better" since he left EastEnders.

The soap star also returns to screens this weekend as a contestant on ITV1's Dancing on Ice. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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