I’m A Celeb’s Joe Swash teases EastEnders return after ‘worst exit ever’

Joe Swash and Dean Gaffney have addressed if they'd ever return to EastEnders years after their exits.

Joe, who starred as Mickey Miller, left the soap in 2011, with Robbie Jackson actor Dean exiting Walford two decades ago, before making a handful of brief returns in the years that followed.

Now the I'm A Celebrity South Africa stars have discussed if they'd ever go back, with Joe hailing his departure as "the worst ever".

Chatting with their campmates Carol Vorderman and Jordan Banjo, dad-of-four Joe says: "I wouldn’t mind [going back] you know. Purely because of the family. Because you know what you’re doing, how you’re doing it, when you’re doing it. They’ve never asked me to go back in again, not once mate!”

Going on to discuss his exit, Joe continues: "[It was] the worst ‘out-ro’ ever… I didn’t even leave at the end of the episode.

"You know you leave and you get the ‘duff duff’, mine I went to Norwich to be a bellboy at a hotel and mid-scene just walked in The Vic went, ‘See you later’, turned back to Phil, come to me and I’d gone… What? That was it? No duff duff. I was there 5 years and not one duff duff!”

Speaking in the Bush Telegraph, Joe made it clear that the soap has never reached out to him despite their being rumours of Mickey's return over the years.

He says: "People think I can phone up EastEnders and go, ‘I’m ready to come back now guys.’ They have not phoned me. Let me make this clear. EastEnders have never phoned me to get me back on the show.”

Discussing his own return to the Square, Dean says he's been back five times since his 2003 departure.

When asked by Carol if the soap stars filming EastEnders at the same time, Joe says yes, but only for a short period.

"When I came back you were there," adds Dean.

"I left a couple of years ago. I’ve been back about five times now.”

Joe joined the cast as Mickey in 2003 shortly before Dean's departure. Meanwhile, Dean made his EastEnders debut in 1993.

His most recent appearance was in 2017 before being written out again in 2019.

I'm A Celebrity South Africa airs tonight at 9pm on ITV1 and ITVX.


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