Hollyoaks stars 'set to quit the show' following fears multiple jobs are at risk after Channel 4 axed the soap

The cast of Hollyoaks are reportedly planning to ‘quit the show’ following fears that the Channel 4 axe will leave jobs at risk.

The report comes after Channel 4 cancelled the soap from its regular 6:30pm TV schedule and switched to E4 for a scheduling switch-up.

And now according to The Sun, its sparked concern amongst the cast who are wondering if their role on the series will be safe.

A source said: ‘Cast have been reassured that budgets will stay the same but a lot of people are worried.

‘A couple of key cast have quietly asked their agents to keep an eye out for new roles and shows they could appear on if things don’t work out at Hollyoaks.

Trouble in C4: The cast of Hollyoaks are reportedly planning to 'quit the show' following fears that the Channel 4 axe will leave jobs at risk

Trouble in C4: The cast of Hollyoaks are reportedly planning to ‘quit the show’ following fears that the Channel 4 axe will leave jobs at risk

‘It’s made a lot of people nervous about job security – despite bosses insisting nobody’s job is at risk.’

The MailOnline have contacted Hollyoaks for a comment.

As part of the new plans episodes will become available online the day before they premiere on linear TV on E4.

Bosses have pulled the plug on the soap being aired on its main channel, in a new digital strategy to freshen up viewing experiences with the state-owned broadcaster.

The broadcaster announced that the new schedule pattern launches on Monday 25th September and promises viewers ‘a massive stunt week of spectacular and standout storylines’ with ‘scenes shot in sensational new locations’.

Fans of the show based in a drama-filled Chester village will still be able to catch the weekly omnibus which will continue to be broadcast on Channel 4.

Episodes will also be uploaded onto Youtube to suit younger audiences, and will be made available to watch on YouTube the week after streaming and broadcast on E4.

Channel 4 has been the home to Hollyoaks for nearly three decades, and this latest change suggests an effort to keep up with a digital age, and reflects the increasing appetite for on-demand entertainment.

64 per cent of viewers watched the soap by streaming episodes or E4 this year which meant that 556 million minutes of the show being streamed in the first half of the year – signalling a shift in viewer habits..

Announcement: Hollyoaks fans are in for a treat this September as the soap has confirmed a special stunt week for the show alongside an hour long episode which will air towards the end of the month

Announcement: Hollyoaks fans are in for a treat this September as the soap has confirmed a special stunt week for the show alongside an hour long episode which will air towards the end of the month

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