EastEnders: Barbara Windsor says axing Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell is a mistake

EastEnders legend claims it wasn’t their choice to go

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Barbara Windsor has slammed the decision to write out popular characters Ronnie and Roxie Mitchell, her on-screen nieces in EastEnders, claiming that it wasn’t their choice to leave.

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Speaking to the Sun, Windsor said: “It wasn’t the girls’ choice. It’s the new producer’s decision. I’m sure he’ll be good for the show but that is a mistake. When I heard I was shocked.”

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New producer Sean O’Connor replaced Dominic Treadwell-Collins in June of this year and has since overseen a shake-up of the cast. Chharacters including Pam and Les Coker, Lee Carter and Claudette Hubbard have also been written out.

Windsor herself left the show in May after over twenty years playing Peggy Mitchell, when the indomitable pub landlord took her own life after a terminal cancer diagnosis.

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Ronnie and Roxy, played by Samantha Womack and Rita Simons respectively, arrived on the show in 2007 and have become an iconic duo in the decade since.

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In a statement back in August, an EastEnders spokesperson explained “Alongside Samantha, Rita was offered to take part in the same big storyline that will see the Mitchell sisters depart Walford”. There have since been unconfirmed rumours that they will leave in a dramatic New Year’s Eve episode, for which multiple endings have been filmed.

You can watch a 60-second rundown of next week’s episodes of EastEnders below.

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