The soap’s executive producer announced he was stepping down from the BBC One soap last month with “immediate effect”, following a tumultuous 12 months in charge.
During his tenure, Sean was responsible for the decision to kill off Ronnie and Roxy Mitchell in a dramatic New Year stunt.
The actresses who played the sisters - Samantha Womack and Rita Simons - previously spoke of their dismay at being axed, but Samantha has now said she sympathises with Sean, following his exit.
“It’s not just that, it’s also the fact that each time you get a new writer or director on-board they’re always trying to change the character so it’s trying to hold on to that and fight tooth and nail to keep her authenticity and that’s no easy feat – that probably why I was killed.”
The decision to kill off Ronnie and Roxy was slammed by veteran star Barbara Windsor, who played their aunt Peggy Mitchell, as well as previous executive producer Dominic Treadwell-Collins.
“They were my inventions when I was story producer and I loved them,” he told Radio Times.
Sean has now been temporarily replaced with previous executive producer John Yorke, who has been charged with turning around the ailing soap’s fortunes, having suffered a ratings slump over the last year.
Reports have claimed he is hoping to bring back Kat and Alfie Moon and thrust Phil Mitchell to the heart of the soap as part of his plans.