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Controversial Coronation Street boss Kate Oates is headed for pastures new, and that’s not the only change that’s going down on the cobbles.
After months of dark storylines from murderous Pat Phelan to David Platt’s rape, bosses are reportedly looking to bring back some of the show’s famous humour.
And they’re planning to do it by axing the younger characters and giving the golden oldies bigger roles, claims The Sun .
"Kate was particularly popular with the younger stars," a source claimed.
“Her departure has left people worried the new producer will want to end the violent stuff and start again. And lots are worried about a cull.”
Fan favourites including 85-year-old Bill Roache (Ken Barlow), Sue Nicholls, 74, (Audrey Roberts), Michael Le Vell, 53, (Kevin Webster), Sally Dynevor, 54, (Sally Webster) and Simon Gregson, 43 (Steve McDonald) will all reportedly see their roles increased.
While the younger stars "fearing for their roles" include Katie McGlynn, 24 (Sinead Tinker), Colson Smith, 19, (Craig Tinker), Harry Visinoni, 18 (Seb Franklyn), and Julia Goulding, 32 (Shona Ramsey.)
Oates revealed she was stepping down from her role as series producer after two years, with NTA-winning Emmerdale boss Iain Macleod taking over in June.
Some loyal fans have been upset by some of the dark twists in certain storylines, including Sir Michael Parkinson , with plots such as Pat Phelan’s murderous tirade sparking concerns.
Another source close to the show told The Sun: "Iain intends to bring back a bit of Corrie’s light-hearted past while still delivering big stories.
“There’s been a feeling that some of the younger cast members just sleep-walk through their lines and act on social media that they are huge stars.
“I think they might have a rude awakening in store.”
An ITV spokesperson have denied these claims, saying that until Iain sits down with the producers in June, any talk about the programme’s direction of the future of its stars is "speculation."
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