09/05/2017 13:10 BST

'Emmerdale' Spoilers: Gillian Kearney To Leave Emma Barton Role, Amid Claims She'll Be Killed Off

Just how will the disturbed character leave the Dales?

’Emmerdale’ bosses have confirmed reports Gillian Kearney is set to leave the soap in the coming months. 

It had been claimed the actress who plays Emma Barton will be killed off later this year, with rumours suggesting Gillian was unhappy that producers had decided to close the door on her character permanently. 

Gillian Kearney as Emmerdale's Emma Barton

A show spokesperson has since insisted that Gillian was actually asked to stay in the Dales beyond her contract to help tie up Emma’s storyline. 

Confirming her departure, they told Digital Spy: “Gillian Kearney was intending to leave ‘Emmerdale’ in May 2017. We asked her to extend her contract to play the last chapter of Emma Barton’s story.

“Gillian was happy to stay with the programme to the end of the year in the knowledge she would be involved in a major storyline this autumn.”

However, the rep wouldn’t be drawn on whether Emma would be bumped off. 

A source had told The Sun that she would meet her maker as bosses felt there “had to be retribution for all the trouble she’s caused”. 

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Emma killed off her ex-husband James last year

“Gillian had a discussion to see if they would leave the door open for Emma but they wanted a dramatic death,” they said. 

“It’s put a few noses out of joint, as there’s a feeling that the actors who put in the graft are not being recognised and either made to leave or killed off.”

Emma famously killed her ex-husband James after taking him hostage, pushing him off a bridge, which caused the Honiton car crash. 

Since then, she has become increasingly disturbed, even messing with the mind of dementia sufferer Ashley Thomas, prior to his death. 

Gillian is the latest star to confirm her Dales departure, after actor John Bowe confirmed news of his exit last month, revealing he was less than happy about being written out. 

It has also been reported Adam Thomas will also be leaving his role as Adam Barton, although a show spokesperson declined to comment. 

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