Nancy fears the sack in Hollyoaks episode on same day Sarah Jayne Dunn is 'axed'

Hollyoaks mainstay Nancy Osborne was facing the sack during an episode which aired in the wake of the the news of actress Sarah Jayne Dunn’s departure.

The character, portrayed by Jessica Fox, overheard boss Sally St Claire (Annie Wallace) discussing a ‘restructure’ at the school and subsequently jumped conclusions, assuming she was going to lose her job.

‘I’m being sacked!’, she exclaimed to best mate John Paul McQueen (James Sutton).

‘I just heard Sally saying that she’s going to speak to me at lunch time about a restructure. I can’t lose my job, John Paul, it’s my life.’

Nancy set out to confront Sally so that she could understandably reclaim control of the situation.

‘I’m not going to hand around for Sally to speak to me,’ she said, firmly. ‘I’ve had the week from hell, so if she’s going to get rid of me she’s going to do it on my terms, when I say so, which is right now.’

It turns out that Nancy got the wrong end of the stick, as she was actually being promoted.

The storyline aired the day after news of Mandy Richardson star Sarah Jayne Dunn’s departure was announced.

Sarah parted ways with the soap in the wake of a dispute with show bosses over her OnlyFans account, which she set up so that she could share her ‘racier’ images with fans.

The 40-year-old told her followers that she had ‘thought long and hard’ about her decision to create an OnlyFans account, explaining that she wants to take back control of her image.

‘[it’s] about empowerment and confidence and having full power over my choices,’ she wrote on Instagram last week.

The soap legend added: ‘That’s what this is about, being in control, choosing empowerment. I feel sexy and strong and confident when I shoot images like this.

‘I hope I give other women the confidence to own it, to work hard on themselves, to eat well and healthily and to move their bodies in whatever way makes them feel most alive and energised, to wear whatever they like without judgement and to feel proud to be a woman.’

Sarah, however, ultimately left Hollyoaks, after a resolution could not be reached between she and the producers.

A Hollyoaks spokesperson told Metro.co.uk: ‘Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers, who follow our cast very closely, both in the soap and outside of it.

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‘We take our responsibility to our young audience very seriously and therefore the show does not allow any Hollyoaks cast members to be active on certain 18+ websites.

‘We had hoped we could reach a resolution with Sarah that would allow her to remain in her role as Mandy, but we respect her choice to continue to produce content on OnlyFans.

‘In the past four years since her return to the show her legacy character has been an integral part of some our most important storylines and we will be very sad to see her go.’

Fans were less than pleased with the outcome, and many branded Hollyoaks ‘hypocritical’, recalling how several cast members posed for ‘babes’ and ‘hunks’ calendar shoots back in the day.

Former co-star Jeremy Edwards also added his support, branded the duration ‘so wrong’, while Kerry Katona said it was ‘absolutely disgusting’.

Hollyoaks continues Friday November 5 at 7pm on E4.

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