EastEnders star Larry Lamb has claimed that his co-star Barbara Windsor quit the soap this week after a "run-in" with producers. Lamb - who plays her ex-husband Archie Mitchell in the show - told The Sun, "Something has happened that really upset her and I'm going to talk to her about it." I was really shocked that she is going. She loves that show and we are all like her family." He added that the actress - who announced earlier this week she will quit Albert Square next year - would never want to walk away from EastEnders, saying it was her "life and soul". He also denied suggestions that Windsor - who suffers from the debilitating Epstein-Barr virus - had been left exhausted by the hectic shooting schedule. "She is as fit as a fiddle - there's nothing wrong with her," he said. "Yes, the hours are long and there are more episodes, but the truth of it is there is rarely a day that you put in 14 hours without getting two days off." Windsor, meanwhile, admitted to the paper that she had been "upset" by bosses - but only when they told her that Lamb was leaving the show, and she insisted that had nothing to do with her decision to quit. "It is a well known fact that I was upset when I was told that the lovely Larry was leaving the show," the 72-year-old said. "But that is absolutely not the reason I am going. I would never give up my job for any man - except my husband and that is exactly why I am leaving!" Lamb is due to leave the series at Christmas, in a storyline set to keep viewers on the edge of their seats.
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