Emmerdale: Deena Payne denies she's angry at Viv Hope’s “anti climax” death

Following media reports yesterday that suggested Deena Payne was angry at the way her character, Viv Hope, had been written out of the show, she’s now revealed that she wasn’t angry, but rather “sad and disappointed.”

Deena told the Daily Mirror that she’d found the death scenes to be an “anti climax” and seemed angry at how Viv’s death was portrayed on the show.

However, while on This Morning, Deena explained the real story behind a headline that read “Viv’s Fury”.

She said, “Substitute that for ‘sad and disappointed’. I’m not furious or angry at all.

“I’ve loved my 18 years [at Emmerdale]. All good things have to come to an end and I’ve had such support from the viewers and everything.

“But I did think that maybe falling asleep on the sofa was a little bit cheating them of a good storyline.”

Deena went on to say that the news of her character being written out permanently didn’t come as a complete surprise…

She said, “In the last year or so, [Viv’s] character had slightly changed and taken more of a backseat route to it all.

“I was expecting my contract not to be renewed, so I wasn’t surprised. But I was a little bit shocked at how soon – they brought it forward to November.

“I thought maybe I’d have a couple of months in the New Year – that was a surprise.

“But I was told that I’d have a really big storyline, so when I read the script and I didn’t actually have anything to say, that was a surprise as well.

“That was a disappointment, and I was sad to leave everybody.”

Did you think Viv’s death could’ve been a tad more dramatic? I certainly did, especially as we didn’t see how Terry tried to save her!

The scenes ended with his going in to the burning shop, so I do think they could’ve expanded on that, but let us know your thoughts!

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