EASTENDERS star Matt Lapinkas has claimed he was brutally sacked from the soap then asked to lie about it. The actor is known for playing Anthon
EASTENDERS star Matt Lapinkas has claimed he was brutally sacked from the soap then asked to lie about it.
The actor is known for playing Anthony Moon in the BBC soap for a short stint and was introduced to the Square in 2011.
Matt Lapinkas played Anthony Moon in EastEnders from 2011 to 2012[/caption]
He said he was shocked to be told of his departure just a year later, when a new showrunner joined EastEnders in 2012.
He told the latest episode of Soap From The Box podcast: “When Lorraine Newman came in I went up to have a meeting with her and she told me they weren’t renewing my contract.
“I was like, ‘Oh. Ok’. We went to an awards ceremony the next couple of days, someone said to me and Tony (who played Tyler Moon), because we always used to do interviews together, ‘The Moon boys have taken the Square by storm, we can’t wait to see what’s next for you’.
“But I’d been told I wasn’t allowed to say that I was leaving. So it was a moment of like, ‘Oh… it’s going to be good!’”.
Matt with David Essex as Eddie Moon, and Tony Discipline as Tyler Moon[/caption]
Matt compared EastEnders to being managed like a football club, saying actors are signed or dropped when a new boss is appointed.
He added: “EastEnders is like a football club. There was a manager there at the time (I joined) called Bryan Kirkwood and he brought in the players he wanted to play with and give his storylines to.
“When that manager departs a new manager comes in and wants to freshen it up, get rid of a few signings and bring in their own.”
The actor, who once dated co-star Shona McGarty (Whitney Dean), didn’t keep his exit a secret for long after he was told he was leaving the soap in May 2012.
Matt now works as a part time builder and actor[/caption]
Most read in News TV
Piers Morgan announces RETURN to ITV on Twitter saying 'I'm back already'
GMB loses another 100k viewers as ratings drop 40% since Piers Morgan quit
'MISSING THE POINT'
Patsy Palmer begs fans to stop fighting after she stormed off GMB
Piers Morgan announces his return to ITV after quitting Good Morning Britain
Paul Sinha reveals he was too ill to film upcoming series of Beat The Chasers
DNA Journey fans in hysterics as Amanda Holden gets snubbed by her long-lost cousin
He soon released a statement, saying: “Working with David Essex, Tony Discipline and the EastEnders cast has been an absolute pleasure. Although I will really miss EastEnders and everyone involved, I am very excited about future projects and what is next for me as an actor.”
Matt has now swapped Albert Square for a construction site and promotes his building business on Instagram.
The TV star has set up an Instagram for his construction business to showcase the projects he has been working on – and is even offering fans free building quotes.