Piers Morgan speaks out on Jake Wood’s EastEnders exit after fans left disappointed

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Piers Morgan, 55, revealed his love for BBC soap EastEnders tonight as he took to social media reacting to Jake Wood’s, who plays Max Branning, exit from the show. The actor has been a part of the series for more than a decade but tonight his character left Albert Square.

In a tweet to his 7.7 million followers, Piers spoke of how iconic Jake Wood’s character was on the show.

He wrote: “One of the all-time great soap characters and actors. Congrats @mrjakedwood – what a run.”

Many fans of EastEnders shared their disbelief at the actor’s exit from the show. 

One wrote: “No way, are you really bidding farewell to #EastEnders won’t be the same without you mate, that’s for sure!”

Another added: “Great character, Jake Wood brilliant tonight as always, will be missed on the show.”

“Going to miss you but hope to see you on TV again sometime. You are (an) amazing actor,” a third said. 

The Max Branning actor wrote: “Thanks Piers [heart emoji].”

The post comes after many fans of the show were left disappointed amid Jake’s exit. 

Reacting to his exit one wrote: “Nah is this the exit the great, the one and only Max Branning gets? @bbceastenders I’m disappointed. You’ll be missed.”

A second added: “Nah! That was a poor exit for #maxbranning thought it would have been a bit more explosive. Not even a Doof Doof for the great @mrjakedwood #EastEnders.”

Another continued: “It was a terrible ending for a bloke who has been one of the best characters and had some great storylines for many years. Really poor send off. Max Branning aka Jake Wood #EastEnders.

Jake first joined EastEnders back in 2006 as the estranged son of Jim Branning.

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He announced his exit from the series on Instagram back in December.

At the time, he wrote to his 158,000 followers on Instagram: “That’s a wrap. After 15 years on Albert Square, it’s finally time to say goodbye to Max Branning today. 

“I will miss Eastenders and the people here so much. Thanks to everyone for all your support.”

He also shared a clip as he filmed on the set for the last time. 

In the video, Jake said: “It is rather a strange day for me this, it’s my last day on set. Last day filming EastEnders, after 15 years playing Max Branning. Yeah, I’ll miss the place.

“It’s the people really for me. I have met some amazing people, made some amazing friends and just had an incredible life-changing experience. Thank you to everyone for all your messages for support and love really appreciate it. 

“Who knows what the future brings but today we say goodbye to Max Branning.” 

EastEnders airs weekdays at 8pm on BBC One

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