Hollyoaks cast won't return to filming til JULY amid show's racism row

Hollyoaks cast won’t return to filming until JULY amid show’s racism row… after stars ‘threaten to quit’ and bosses are forced into ‘string of meetings’

Hollyoaks will begin a phased return to filming on July 13th, it was confirmed on Wednesday. 

Despite other shows like Emmerdale and Coronation Street getting back to work on socially-distanced sets in May, show representatives said it will be another month before cameras will start to roll once more on the soap.

A spokesperson for the soap told MailOnline: ‘As previously announced on Monday 8th June, Hollyoaks is currently in pre-production and returning to phased filming on 13th July. 

Delay: Hollyoaks cast won’t return to set until July it was confirmed on Wednesday, amid the show’s racism row (pictured: Rachel Adedeji, who made accusations of ‘behind-the-scenes’ racism on the soap)

‘All cast and crew will attend a safety induction to familiarise themselves with the revised way of working prior to production re-starting.’

According to The Sun, the Channel 4 programme will air on twice a week until September, before going up to four episodes a week and then back to five in 2021 as a result of the planned phased return.

The publication also claimed the delay to restart filming comes after stars reportedly ‘threatened to quit’ the Channel 4 soap amid the show’s racism row.

On Tuesday, the cast were said to be ‘at war’ following Rachel Adedeji’s accusations of ‘behind-the-scenes’ racism and claims that co-star Lysette Anthony is ‘actual trash’.  

Phased return: A spokesperson said: ‘All cast and crew will attend a safety induction to familiarise themselves with the revised way of working prior to production re-starting’

Drama: It was claimed the delay to restart filming comes after stars ‘threatened to quit’ over recent events (pictured: Stephanie Davis in 2019, who quit her role on Monday)

Hollyoaks has also been hit by several controversies this week after Malique Thompson-Dwyer faced backlash for attending an illegal rave in Daisy Nook Park, Failsworth, while Stephanie Davis revealed she had quit the show.

Bosses are now reportedly having a ‘string of meetings’ as there is a ‘real divide’ between the cast. 

A source told The Sun: ‘They’re having a string of meetings as it’s one thing after another. 

‘The cast is at war, there is a lot of tension over Lysette’s recent comments. Some cast have threatened to quit if something isn’t done about it.

‘At war’: The cast is said to be ‘at war’ following Rachel’s (pictured in 2019) recent accusations and claims that co-star Lysette Anthony is ‘actual trash’  

‘And with Stephanie and Rachel quitting bosses are worried others will follow them out of the door. It’s utter chaos – every week it’s some new issue.’

The source added that the cast has ‘freedom’ over their social media channels but breaking lockdown rules and laws is ‘not OK’.

While the stars are said to be ‘dreading’ returning to filming as some members aren’t aware they’ve ‘done wrong’ or ‘upset’ others.

MailOnline contacted Channel 4 for comment at the time.  

Chaos: The Channel 4 soap has also been hit by several controversies this week after Malique Thompson-Dwyer (pictured) faced backlash for attending an illegal rave in Daisy Nook Park, Failsworth, while Stephanie revealed she had quit the show  

Earlier this week, Lysette Anthony quit Twitter after facing backlash amid the show’s racism row. 

The actress, 56, who plays Marnie Nightingale, was branded ‘actual trash’ by Rachel Adedeji, 28, who quit the soap following accusations of ‘behind-the-scenes’ racism.

Lysette deactivated her profile after her former co-star Charlie Clapham, 28, shared a screenshot of a text allegedly from her hitting out at cast members who supported Rachel.

Upset: Earlier this week, Lysette Anthony quit Twitter after facing backlash amid the show’s racism row

In the messages, Lysette appeared to claim stars who supported Rachel were ‘traitors,’ before adding: ‘Sorry but we’re not going to have a job to come back to if this stuff keeps being disseminated.’        

Charlie – who played Freddie Roscoe on Hollyoaks from 2013 to 2017 – shared the series of messages which appeared to be discussing Rachel’s decision to speak out about her experience on the soap on Saturday. 

Rachel has accused the show of ‘behind-the-scenes’ racism after criticising their response to the recent furore over the Black Lives Matter movement, leading soap bosses to apologise and announce a plan to ‘stamp out discrimination.’

In the messages, Lysette – who joined the soap in 2016 – wrote: ‘Well, to be fair they both have that embittered, traitor vibe going on. 

Drama: Ex-Hollyoaks star Charlie Clapham shared a Whatsapp exchange in which Lysette appeared to make the comments relating to Rachel’s recent claims

Fury: Equally furious at Lysette’s comments, Rachel responded to Charlie’s tweet with a GIF of someone throwing rubbish into a bin

‘Sorry but we’re not going to have a job to come back to if this stuff keeps being disseminated.’

Re-posting the messages Charlie angrily posted: ‘Dear @chezLysette if supporting a former castmate, whilst she speaks of being racially discriminated against, makes me a traitor… then so be it. 

‘As for embittered, you’re currently finishing (finished) where I started out. Salty much? – Best, CC/FR.’

Equally furious at Lysette’s comments, Rachel responded to Charlie’s tweet with a GIF of someone throwing rubbish into a bin.

She wrote: ‘@chezLysette you are actual trash.. Charlie, you are a King and a true ally!! Love you my bro! X x.’ 

Fuming: Charlie shared the messages with a tweet slamming Lysette’s comments, which was quickly supported by Rachel and several other stars (pictured in May 2016)

MailOnline contacted representatives for Lysette Anthony for comment at the time. Representatives for Hollyoaks and Adedeji declined to comment. 

Last week, Rachel confirmed she had quit Hollyoaks after four years on the soap, with bosses announcing her final scenes will air later this year.

The former X Factor star filmed her exit earlier this year before filming was halted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Departing: Last week, Rachel confirmed that she had quit Hollyoaks after four years on the soap. She filmed her exit scenes before the country was placed in lockdown

Rachel made the decision to leave the show last year, with a Hollyoaks spokesman saying the show was ‘saddened’ by her departure. 

The announcement came one day after Hollyoaks also released a statement in response to Rachel’s accusations of racism while working on the show.

Bosses detailed they were ‘deeply shocked and saddened’ by issues detailed by Rachel, and stated the soap has a ‘zero tolerance on racism or any form of discrimination.’ 

The show detailed a series of steps they have launched in order to ‘stamp out discrimination.’ 

HOLLYOAKS’ STATEMENT IN FULL

 ‘Hollyoaks has been deeply shocked and saddened by issues that have been brought to our attention over the weekend.

‘Lime Pictures strives to have zero tolerance of racism or any form of discrimination across all of its shows but it is clear we have further work to do.   

‘We must stamp out implicit bias which means calling out racism wherever and whenever we see it. 

‘We will continue to add to our action plan as we continue and broaden our dialogue with cast and staff. 

‘We are reaching out to all of our cast and staff that have raised matters to make sure that we address individual issues and concerns.

‘We have asked all cast, staff and freelancers to share with us any further issues of concern or instances of unacceptable behaviour that they have not previously raised.

‘We are working with unconscious bias trainers to augment Lime’s all staff training to help address concerns raised by cast and staff.

‘All BAME staff, freelancers and cast will be offered mentoring from Lime’s senior management.  

‘We will build on our work towards making Lime as diverse and inclusive as possible across all aspects of recruitment and talent retention, on and off screen.  

‘Lime’s BAME writers and directors schemes will be reviewed and augmented to drive greater inclusivity within the industry.

‘We are undertaking an immediate and in depth review of company and cast liaison across Lime.

‘We will be producing a Hollyoaks podcast where our black cast will share their experiences on racism to their audience.  

‘We are very conscious that we need to do more and are committed to making changes that we need to make. 

‘The onus is upon our company collectively and us all as individuals within our community to tackle racism, and it is a responsibility which all of us here at Hollyoaks are taking on fully.’ 

 

The statement comes after Rachel slammed the show’s response to the recent furore over the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The star took to her Twitter to say she doesn’t agree with Hollyoaks’ recent post addressing the movement, noting it wasn’t progressive after revealing she was aware of racial slurs and injustices happening on set.   

Hollyoaks uploaded a video of actress Kelle Bryan, who plays Martine Deveraux, discussing the movement’s issues. 

A recent surge in interest of the Black Lives Matter movement was kickstarted by the senseless killing of George Floyd, who died after a white policeman, Derek Chauvin, knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes. 

Racism: The statement comes after Rachel slammed the show’s response to the recent furore over the Black Lives Matter movement, detailing racist incidents she says happened backstage

This prompted Rachel to talk about her own experience of racism.

The soap star said she was ‘disappointed’ and directly called the show out over racist incidents she says happened during her time on Hollyoaks. 

Actress Mandip Gill, who played Phoebe McQueen in Hollyoaks until she left in 2015, replied to Rachel’s statement with a series of clapping emojis. 

And Karl Collins, who played Rachel’s onscreen father Louis Loveday in Hollyoaks until 2019, showed his support and praised her ‘bravery.’

Amanda, who portrayed Holly Cunningham on the show from 2013 to 2019, took to Twitter and Instagram on Sunday to implore her former colleagues to put forth a more concerted effort, amid protests over racial injustice sweeping the globe.


Statement: Former Hollyoaks castmember Amanda Clapham also took to Twitter and Instagram on Sunday to implore her former colleagues to put forth a more concerted effort

A Hollyoaks spokesperson previously said: ‘We are really concerned to read Rachel’s comments on social media about Hollyoaks this evening. We will be in touch with Rachel directly.’    

Meanwhile, Stephanie Davis revealed on Monday that she had quit Hollyoaks after 10 years on the soap as Sinead O’Connor.

The 27-year-old actress admitted it was ‘not what she wanted but what she knew was right’. 

Alongside an image that read ‘goals: be happy’, the actress wrote: ‘Sometimes we make decisions based not on what we want but what we know is right!

A Hollyoaks spokesperson previously said: ‘We are really concerned to read Rachel’s comments on social media about Hollyoaks this evening. We will be in touch with Rachel directly.’ (Rachel pictured with her co-stars) 

‘I have loved bringing Sinead into your homes for the past ten years but it’s with a heavy heart I have decided to leave Hollyoaks and now looking forward to working on new and exciting projects. Excited!’ 

When contacted by MailOnline, representatives for Stephanie declined to comment.   

A Hollyoaks spokesman told MailOnline: ‘In mutual agreement with Lime Pictures Stephanie Davis is leaving her role as Sinead O’Connor on Hollyoaks.

‘We would like to thank Stephanie for her huge contribution to the show and the enjoyment her character Sinead has brought to fans.’

End of an era: Meanwhile, Stephanie Davis revealed on Monday that she had quit Hollyoaks after 10 years on the soap as Sinead O’Connor (pictured in soap still)  

It’s not the only drama the soap has faced over the past week as on Monday, Malique Thompson-Dwyer took to Instagram Stories after he faced backlash for attending an illegal rave in Daisy Nook Park, Failsworth.   

The 22-year-old actor had filmed himself at the Quarantine Rave which was attended by 2000 people and saw a 20-year-old man die of a suspected drug overdose. 

On Monday, he posted a now-deleted video from his bedroom in which he said: ‘Yo, I’ve just come on here to give a quick message.  

 ‘First of all, I apologise to anyone I may have offended, but let me just get one thing straight.

Reluctant move? The 27-year-old actress admitted it was ‘not what she wanted but what she knew was right’ 

‘I’ve got family members that have actually passed away from this coronavirus. So yo, I am in this as well. So don’t go on at me like I am not in this as well. 

‘But it’s funny how everyone is never saying anyone positive about me. It’s always bad boy Malique this…

‘They never want to say anything positive and it’s funny because at least I am not out there p***ing on war memorials. Racist c**ts.’ 

The day before, Malique had shared clips on his Stories as he walked through the forest at the rave.

He could be heard saying: ‘There’s a rave going on innit, can you hear the music?’  

Malique is best known for playing Prince McQueen in Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks Hollyoaks from 2016 to 2019. 

A spokesperson for the actor declined to comment further to MailOnline.  

Oops! It’s not the only drama the soap has faced over the past week as on Monday, Malique Thompson-Dwyer took to Instagram Stories after he faced backlash for attending an illegal rave in Daisy Nook Park, Failsworth

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