NEIGHBORHOOD residents come and go, but it appears that Leo Tanaka will be leaving the Channel 5 soap permanently as he continues to struggle in the aftermath of a death on Ramsay Street.
Leo (Tim Kano) was devastated earlier this month when Britney Barnes (Montana Cox), the mother of his baby daughter, died during the Neighbours storm episodes. The father of one is left with the child, but he has plenty of help from his twin brother, David Tanaka (Takaya Honda), whom he continues to reject because he does not want to become reliant on him. However, it appears that the beloved character can’t cope with how much is on his shoulders in upcoming scenes on the Channel 5 soap, and he makes some rather significant decisions, one of which is his possible exit from Ramsay Street.
The drama picks up right where the storm episodes left off, with Leo attempting to run his vineyard while also adjusting to life as a single father.
However, he is attempting to be a parent by spending as little time as possible with his daughter Abigail, and his family is concerned.
They discover he is afraid of his child getting hurt as they plan for him to join them for a picnic after she fell off a sofa while in his care in earlier scenes.
The businessman appears to enjoy spending time with his baby with the help of his brother-in-law, Aaron Brennan (Matt Wilson).
He also agrees to take on more responsibilities in regards to Abigail, and when she requires attention, he rises to the occasion.
He refuses any other help and tries to do it on his own, but things go wrong when she begins to cry for no apparent reason, and Leo has no idea why.
He picks her up and hands her over to Aaron before taking a break from the picnic to calm his nerves.
Even though it was only a minor hiccup, the beloved character is extremely doubtful of himself, and the father of one sees no way out of his predicament.
It’s an impossible task to reach Leo, and as the family tries to make the most of the day, he can’t help but feel on the outside looking in.
The beloved character explains how much he has been struggling to his friend Chloe Brennan (April Rose Pengilly).
Leo informs Chloe and the rest of the family that he has some news to share about his and Abigail’s future.
Aaron tries to persuade the father of one that he’s doing a fantastic job, but he’s not ready to accept the compliments.
Leo says he wants his brother David and his wife Aaron to raise Abigail alongside their own daughter, Isla, as if she were their own.
Abigail was in David and Aaron’s care for a short time when she was first born, until they realized they weren’t raising their daughter correctly.
Despite the fact that they have formed a bond with the child, they believe Leo is making a hasty decision to give them complete custody.
It appears that this is the first step in Leo’s departure from Ramsay Street, as he would find living in the same place as his daughter too difficult.
With Britney’s death in Erinsborough, there are far too many ghosts haunting him, and he may feel compelled to flee.
Following the breakup of his relationship with Terese Willis, Leo left the show in 2019 and relocated to America (Rebekah Elmaloglou).
Last year, it was revealed that he would be involved with the baby mix-up twist, and that he would be the father of one of the children.
Tim, who plays Leo, has opened up about returning to the show two years after leaving to pursue new opportunities.
Tim explained: “My agent called me and said Neighbours had a storyline and they’d be interested in bringing Leo back. So that was fantastic.
“I was really stoked and excited. I’ve still got a lot of friends on the show, and I was excited to see the crew and everyone else.
“I wasn’t too sure what the storyline would be, but they gave me hints and it sounded awesome.
“It’s a really good storyline that I haven’t seen done before. I couldn’t say no. It was just so appealing to go back,” he told Digital Spy.
He also stated in the interview that after three years on the show, he had decided to leave when his contract expired in 2019.
Taking to Twitter, fans of the show have been expressing their heartache for the beloved character, with Hosanna writing: “I feel bad and sorry for Leo #neighbours #AusPace.”
Sally posted: “So I’m guessing Leo will now run off without the baby and the boys will raise the kid #neighbours.”
Laura added: “Why are David and Aaron and Nicolette looking at Leo like they waiting for him to mess up with Abigail? #neighbours.”
Rachel shared: “I’m honestly upset they killed Britney off, I really liked her and loved her and Leo together #Neighbours.”
But, if the father of one decides to leave town for good, will viewers be heartbroken?