And as we saw last night, Max is somewhat meaner than we remember him when he left Walford a broken man last summer after Tanya (Jo Joyner) ditched him.
Jake – who’s also starred in Minder, Only Fools and Horses, London’s Burning, Inspector Morse, One Foot in the Grave, Red Dwarf, A Touch of Frost, The Bill and Doc Martin! – broke the news while appearing on This Morning.
He said, “I’ve been in the show for five years now and towards the end of last year I was getting very tired and felt that I needed a break.
“They wanted me to sign for another two years, which I have, I’m very happy about that.
“But I felt that after five years I needed a proper break so I had a lovely summer just spending time with the kids…
“I didn’t want to do any other work I just wanted to be at home and be a father to my kids and a husband to my wife.”
Here’s a clip from last night’s episode, just in case you missed Max’s return…
Jake also went on to mention that he’d “begged” BBC bosses to let him appear on CBeebies Bedtime Story, so that his kids could see him on telly, given that he doesn’t let them watch EastEnders.
Of that, he said, “My kids are still very young, they’re six and three, so I wouldn’t let them watch EastEnders.
“That’s why I begged to do the CBeebies Bedtime Story.
“But they only watched it once and they won’t watch it again because I’m there reading a story most nights.”
Getting back to EastEnders though, we met Max’s big brother Derek (Jamie Foreman) for the first time last night too. Here’s a clip of Derek’s grand Walford entrance…
Are you happy Max will be staying on the Square now? And what did you reckon to Jamie’s first performance as Derek?