Max Bowden, who plays Ben Mitchell on the soap opera, was said to be leaving the show earlier this week after his contract was not renewed.
Fans of EastEnders have vowed to quit the show after learning that Max Dowden’s beloved character Ben Mitchell will be permanently leaving Albert Square. An official from the BBC announced earlier this week that Max’s contract will not be renewed by management and will instead expire on its own in March.
Angry viewers, devastated by the thought of their favorite character leaving the show, have now taken to social media to declare they will no longer be watching the soap opera. A viewer expressed their fury on X, the platform that was formerly known as Twitter, saying, “I’m absolutely devastated and I won’t be watching EE anymore if we keep losing the good characters. We cherish you.”
“Worst mistake EastEnders have ever made axing you!!!” a devoted fan wrote. The show’s best actor.” “Chris Clenshaw, you can’t get rid of Max Bowden,” a third irate person said. I promise you right now that I won’t watch another episode of your hacked show.” (sic)
A fourth participant said: “Eastenders does not know what they are doing getting making the wrong decision to axe Max.” “@bbceastenders please don’t axe Max Bowden, he’s a fabulous actor and one of our faves on #eastenders,” pleaded another. Nobody else, in my opinion, could properly portray Ben after him. #savemaxbowden #ballum.”
After learning of his departure, writer Daran Little defended the soap opera’s choice on X. “I’m blocking those who say I hate EE characters,” he declared. We devote our time to developing characters and stories, striking a balance, hearing from viewers, and attempting to maintain the relevance and freshness of a 38-year-old soap opera.
It’s at its finest point in years. Proud and honored to be a part of it!”
Max became involved in the soap opera in 2019 and is the sixth actor to play the iconic role on the BBC series.
“Max has played Ben for the last four years, and the bosses decided his time on the show was up,” a source told The Sun.
“He has been the subject of a lot of noise for a little too long, which detracts from the drama on the show.
“He showed up for a meeting because his contract was about to expire the following year. Nobody knew how it would turn out, and after some deliberation, it was decided that he would go.
“Bosses have yet to plan his exit storyline but Ben is not a character that they would kill off as we’ve already seen in all the previous recasts,” said the insider.