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Wednesday 19th June 2019

Helen Worth has defended Coronation Street despite a number of stars announcing their exit

She has been on the ITV soap since 1974

It's fantastic, it’s a fabulous place to work.

Helen Worth says Coronation Street is a "fabulous place to work", despite a number of stars announcing their exit.

The 68-year-old actress has been playing Gail Platt on the ITV soap since 1974.

She has defended the show as "fantastic" amid the likes of Bhavna Limbachia (Rana Habeeb), Connie Hyde (Gina Seddon), Kym Marsh (Michelle Connor), Tristan Gemmill (Robert Preston), Faye Brookes (Kate Connor) and Lucy Fallon (Bethany Platt) all announcing their departures within three months of each other.

Helen has played Gail for 45 years (Credit: ITV)

When asked about the rumours about "morale" on the soap during an appearance on Good Morning Britain on Friday (May 24), Helen said:

"It's fantastic, it's a fabulous place to work. I work with an amazing family, and have been working with them for a long time. Everyone who joins us seems to join in with us."

The actress did admit that working in Weatherfield is "hard work", but insists she "wouldn’t change" a single thing about her 45 years on the show.

She added: "Yes it's hard work, there are six episodes a week, but the camaraderie is fantastic and we're all in it together. I wouldn't have changed any of it, really."

Gail is part of the cobbles famous Platt family (Credit: ITV)

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Helen's comments echo those made by 25-year-old Sam Aston - who has played Chesney Brown on the show since 2003 - earlier this week.

He told OK! Magazine reports of a "mass exodus" have been "blown out of proportion" and insisted the cast and crew are "well looked after".

He explained: "It's been blown out of proportion.

"Anyone who's leaving will genuinely say Corrie is one of the best places to work.

Sam has also defended the soap (Credit: YouTube/Coronation Street)

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"We get well looked after and the cast and crew are great. It's a privilege to be part of such an amazing show."

Although the departure of several cast members has sparked speculation into backstage drama, Lucy Fallon recently insisted her decision to leave was made a long time ago.

She wrote: "Just to clarify, my decision to leave was made in August last year and has nothing to do with ANYONE at Coronation Street. (sic)"

Coronation Street is on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 7.30pm and 8.30pm.

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