Hollyoaks have sacked Sarah Jayne Dunn from her £120k a year job after she refused to leave the raunchy website OnlyFans.
The actress, 40, – who reportedly earned a whopping £7,200 in just a week after joining the X-rated subscription service – will no longer appear on the show as character Mandy Richardson after discussions with producers.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 said that they take their responsibility to their young audience very seriously and are sad to see her go.
Sarah has played Mandy on-off from 1996.
End of an era: Hollyoaks have sacked Sarah Jayne Dunn after she refused to leave the raunchy OnlyFans website
Sarah, who plays Mandy Richardson on the show, explained last month that she joined the website to ‘take back control’ after many years of doing lads mags.
A Hollyoaks representative stated to The Sun that Hollyoaks is a drama for youth. Many young viewers watch Hollyoaks and follow their cast closely both inside and outside the soap.
Hollyoaks takes responsibility for our young audience very seriously. Therefore, the show prohibits Hollyoaks cast members from being active on specific 18+ websites.
Bombshell: The soap star, 40, – who reportedly earned a whopping £7,200 in just a week after joining the X-rated subscription service – will no longer appear on the show after discussions with producers
‘We hoped to reach a settlement with Sarah that would allow Mandy the role she has always held, but we are grateful for her decision to continue to produce content for OnlyFans.
“In the four years since her return to the show, her legacy character has been an integral component of some of our most important storylines. We will be very sad that she is leaving us.”
A TV source had previously told the publication: ‘Nobody at the show wishes to condemn people’s personal decisions about OnlyFans or online content – and of course women are totally free to make their own choices about the sort of photographs they wish to take of themselves – but this was about whether it is something that tallies with the show’s audience.
“In the end they have parted ways.”
On set: Sarah is best-known for her portrayal of Mandy Richardson in Hollyoaks
Having her say: Wednesday night, she posted a cryptic comment to her Instagram story in apparent response to the decision
MailOnline reached out for clarification to Hollyoaks representatives.
Wednesday night, she posted a cryptic statement to her Instagram story. It was apparently in response to the decision. Each year, I find myself immersed in this deep well of being who I am without apologising… and it’s amazing.
Sarah has had six separate stints on the soap, most recently reprising her role in 2017.
It comes after it was reported last week that she earned a whopping £7,200 in just a week after joining OnlyFans.
According to a source, The Sun was told by a source that she had received over 700 subscribers at $15 each since joining last week. This means she is making a lot of money.
MailOnline reached out to Hollyoaks and Sarah for comment.
Reaction: In a statement a Hollyoaks representative told The Sun : ‘Hollyoaks is a youth-facing drama with many young viewers’
The mother-of-one shared her excitement about joining OnlyFans on Saturday and shared an Instagram post in which she described how she feels empowered and confident taking photos for the site.
The actress shared a link to her website with her 184K followers, saying: “Welcome home to all my racier content. I hope you enjoy. Let me know your favorite things.
Sarah explained her reasons for joining the platform by saying, “This is a decision that I’ve thought long about, not one that I’ve taken lightly or on my whim. It’s about taking back control, empowerment, confidence, and having full control over my choices.
“I love photo shoots and have for years. It’s how I got into acting. At the tender age 12 I decided that I wanted to be an actor and enrolled in a modelling course. I also joined an agency and had my first professional shoot. I was lucky enough to get my first tv interview.
Do it! The mother-of-one announced last Saturday that OnlyFans had been added to her social media accounts. She shared a lengthy Instagram post about how she feels empowered and confident taking racy photos.
She continued to explain that she is taking back control of her life after years of doing lads mags. She wants to establish ‘healthy boundaries.
She stated that she has been able to travel to some amazing locations for photoshoots ever since she was 17 years old. However, she added that she never felt in control of the content of the shoots or the finances.
“The more I age, the more it is for me to take back control, to set healthy boundaries and to know my worth and value.
“That’s what this is all about, being in control, choosing empowerment. Shooting images like these makes me feel strong, confident, and sexy.
The actor said that she understood that the images weren’t for everyone. That is why she is now putting them up on OnlyFans.
She admitted that she will undoubtedly be judged. Others might find it shocking. However, I am simply moving my racier, more sexy images to another platform. It is not shocking to me.
Sarah said that she would rise above the haters if she was trolled for her move.
Many stars, including Lottie Moss, have joined the platform to share their hot snaps.
After signing up for the service, which allows paying viewers to access exclusive content, the model has built a loyal following.
It’s understood that she signed up after earning a reported £36,640 in just one month on Glow – a high end alternative to her latest money-making venture.
Jaime Laing, a close friend and host of Private Parts podcast, shared her thoughts about her OnlyFans platform. She stated: “You can make upwards to $100,000 per month if it’s done regularly and you have followers.”
The model said, “It’s so great.”
Kerry Katona, a former Atomic Kitten star, joined OnlyFans as well and revealed that she was able to overcome her financial difficulties.
The singer said she has managed to earn £1million since being declared bankrupt in 2008 thanks to the site.
Mirror spoke to the star, who said that she now earns as much as ‘tens-of thousands a month’ sharing intimate photos and images of her feet.
She said to the publication, “People are quick to say, “she’s desperate” if I get out some nipple. But I’ve made my first million after bankruptcy and I’m so, very proud.
“If it weren’t for OnlyFans, I wouldn’t be able to invest in myself and make more companies.”
Since starting her account, Kerry has been able to open her very own online clothing company, KerryBoutique, as well as a dating app with her fiancé Ryan Mahoney.
Due to her financial stability, she was also able to send Dylan-Jorge to private school.
Do it! Kerry Katona, a former Atomic Kitten star, joined OnlyFans as well and revealed that she was able to overcome her financial difficulties