The Daily Star Sunday reports today that EastEnders star Shona McGarty – who of course plays the role of troubled teen Whitney Dean – has been suspended without pay from the soap by new boss, Lorraine Newman.
It seems that Ms Newman decided to punish Shona – who’s dating co-star Matt Lapinskas – after other cast members complained about her turning up late for filming.
And of course, it’s not the first time Shona’s been in trouble for her antics as a few months ago, she and Matt – who plays Anthony Moon – were thrown out of a supermarket for throwing dairy produce around!
However, of Shona’s suspension, a BBC insider said, “Shona failed to turn up on time on more than one occasion and was really laid back about why she was late…
“People are understanding when it’s once or even twice, but her lateness was becoming a huge problem.
“It regularly held up the filming of vital scenes and angered fellow cast and crew members who were forced to work late because of her.
“Like all soaps, everyone works long, hard days so when things are prolonged because of one person it doesn’t go down well on set.
“Obviously, she’s not happy about what’s happened and was quite upset about it all afterwards.”
And an EastEnders spokesman said last night, “Shona has been suspended for repeatedly being late.”
Ms Newman took over the executive producer’s role after her predecessor Bryan Kirkwood stepped down in March.
Of her, the insider added, “Lorraine is very well respected. She doesn’t take any nonsense and believes everyone should feel privileged to be working on a show like EastEnders.
“So when people fall out of line she’s not afraid to pull them back in again.
“Shona’s behaviour had come to her attention on a number of occasions. She’s dealt with it and that will be the end of it.
“Shona is a great talent and her character is very popular with the fans. Let’s hope she can start to knuckle down now.”