As Johnny Carter comes back to the soap Paul Coker is about to leave Walford Square.
EastEnders it seems has a one in and one out policy for gay characters as Johnny Carter makes a return to the square and Paul Coker, Ben Mitchell’s gay love interest is set to leave.
The star who plays Paul, Jonny Labey took to twitter to announce his departure saying,
“WOW Thank you for your support but there’s still SO MUCH to happen for Paul so don’t lose hope, this is JUST THE START.”
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Last year Ben Mitchell and Paul Coker caused controversy with some viewers after the pair had a raunchy gay sex scene in a funeral parlour. The scene prompted numerous complaints to OFCOM.
Ben, who is the son of hard man Phil Mitchell (Steve McFadden) has been trying to keep his love affair under wraps from the rest of the square. However all is revealed next week when the pair share a full on smooch in the Queen Vic.
The kiss, it seems, is too much for alcoholic Phil, who storms out of the pub in disgust.
Speaking about the actor’s impending departure a spokesperson for the soap said,
‘We can confirm Jonny will be leaving the show later this year. We wish him all the best for the future.’