On Friday’s dramatic episode of Coronation Street, Jacob Hay ran from the cobblestones, but was that the last time ITV viewers would ever see him?
Jacob Hay’s real departure from the ITV soap opera after two years has been addressed by James Jack Ryan, who played Jacob Hay on Coronation Street. Viewers were stunned by the character’s abrupt departure, and many wondered if the youngster would ever return to Weatherfield.
Following his involvement in Damon Hay’s (Ciaran Griffiths) drug crime, Jacob made his exit.
Damon, a villain on Coronation Street, was pressuring his son until he felt forced to leave the cobblestones, leaving his girlfriend Amy Barlow (Elle Mulvaney) devastated.
The child had made attempts to change his situation, but after telling Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) what was happening, he vowed to leave forever.
James, who played Jacob, has now opened up about his reasons for leaving the ITV soap opera.
“It felt right, it felt like the right time to leave the show,” the 26-year-old actor shared with Radio Times.
“I’m still young, and there’s so much stuff that I want to go and do.
“I also felt like I had come and done what I intended to do.”
James continued: “We talk about the Corrie bingo cards, like where you tick off things you’ve done.
“I’ve come in, I’ve played the villain, I’ve had my redemption arc, I got to punch Steve McDonald, I went to prison, I even moved into 1 Coronation Street with Ken Barlow! You can’t get much better than that.”
The actor recently tweeted about his departure to his thousands of followers.
He revealed: “folks, that’s all! Jacob Hay finished and left.
“I find it hard to believe that a two-month job on the cobbles turned into a Weatherfield residency of two years.
It has been a true honor to work on the program I grew up watching and to continue in the traditions of true legends.
He expressed his gratitude to the Coronation Street audience for their support throughout his time on the show.
Jacob has been an absolute pleasure to play, and that’s all thanks to how well the writers catered their scripts to him, he said.
I’d like to express my gratitude to Gennie and the casting team for giving me the opportunity, as well as to the many talented directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with and the entire production team, who put in endless effort to make this show a reality.
The actor also gave a special shout-out to Elle, who played his on-screen girlfriend and made him “cry with laughter every day.”
James then made light of a current project he’s working on but was unable to go into much detail.
When I’m able, I’ll be able to share some really exciting news with you, but for now, I bid you farewell,” he continued.
Although Jacob left the soap opera, it appears that his father Damon will have a significant role in upcoming scenes.
Executive producer Iain MacLeod told Express.co.uk and other media, “We’re working on June storylines.
With regard to Damon and the love story that will be broadcast at that time, there is a build-up and a tremendous explosion in that story.
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