A report in The Sun today (November 3) claims that a string of cast departures are already being planned by the show's new producer Stuart Blackburn, who takes over from current boss Phil Collinson in January.
Karl Munro (John Michie), Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou), Izzy Armstrong (Cherylee Houston), Rob Donovan (Marc Baylis) and newcomer Mandy Kamara (Pamela Nomvete) are among those who were tipped as five of the ten supposedly on Blackburn's "hit list".
However, a Coronation Street spokesperson told Digital Spy this morning: "No such discussions have been had. The new producer would not even start discussing future storylines until he starts in January 2013."
Blackburn, who has been working as Emmerdale's series producer since early 2011, was announced as Collinson's successor last month.
Collinson will remain at ITV working on developing new drama once he steps down from Corrie at the end of the year. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad