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He rose to fame as Grant Mitchell in the fictional Albert Square. But, although it launched his TV career, Ross Kemp clearly doesnt have limitless loyalty to the crew of EastEnders - as he proved by savaging former boss Sean OConnor. The 52 year-old had slammed the shows recently-departed executive producer, claiming his behaviour drove the cast to near-exhaustion. Ross Kemp as Grant Mitchell in Eastenders (Image: BBC) Speaking to The Sun , he said: “He reminded me of a sort of schoolteacher of a kind of third-rate public school. That’s not really what you want for the cast of EastEnders. “You write it well,

you cast it well and you do the r

ight things — and you don’t abuse certain members, i.e. you don’t work them into the f****** ground, which is what happened. “The cast are earning more than the executive producers, which ma

kes i100期的新跑狗图 t a very odd power balance, doesn’t it?” Kemps comments come shortly after OConnors sudden depa

rture from his role on the programme. Sean OConnor quite his coveted role, earlier this summer Ross Kemp, Dame Barbara Windsor and Steve McFadden in character as the Mitchells (Image: BBC/PA) Read MoreRelated ArticlesEastEnders reveals another shock death just DAYS after Wellard II was announced dead In a statement, 49-year-old O’Connor insisted he left the BBC1 soap to concentrate on films. He leaves after just a year in charge, during which the soap’s ratin

gs fell way below rival Coronation Street and were recently overtaken by Emmerdale. The show’s audience fell to just 4.5 million viewers last week close

to two million down from the 6.2 million who tuned in regularly last September. De

spite reports he was lea

ving the job without working his notice period and left following a crisis meeting on Thursday, the BBC insisted last night Mr O’Connor chose to leave. With former co-star Martine McCutcheon (Image: BBC)