Emotional As Matthew Wolfenden leaves Emmerdale, he breaks down in tears.

Matthew Wolfenden sobbed as he talked about his painful Emmerdale departure.

After 18 years as David Metcalfe on the serial opera, the 43-year-old has left the show and is concentrating on his upcoming project.

He will now be appearing as Buddy the Elf in the most recent production of the Will Ferrell-starring 2003 musical.

Even while Matthew is eager to get back on stage, he said that leaving Emmerdale was especially tough, shedding tears during Wednesday’s episode of Loose Women.

It was, it was only two weeks ago, Matthew said as he began to discuss how difficult it has been to say goodbye.

Especially because Joe-Warren [Plant], who portrays Jacob, has grown up with me, saying goodbye was really difficult.

Matthew Wolfenden is departing Emmerdale after eighteen years. (Image: Shutterstock/REX/ITV)
When discussing his departure, Matthew acknowledged how difficult it was to say goodbye to Joe-Warren Plant (Picture: ITV).

“You can hear it in my voice now; I’ve seen him through some bad periods in his life,” he continued.

Matthew said, crying, “It’s incredibly hard to leave him.”

He continued, hastily correcting himself to “fourth son,” saying, “He’s like a third son to me.”

It was rather touching two weeks ago.

In explaining his decision to resign, Matthew stated that he had a “great position” that presented itself and that it was sort of now or never.

“I can’t wait to get my jazz hands “back out,” he said, adding, “I always wanted to go back to the West End.”

David will not die tragically as a result of his departure, according to Matthew, who also said there is a good chance he may come back in the future.

What I can say is that I’m not dying, which is a wonderful thing, he said to us.

“Perhaps David will return in a few years; I don’t die.”

ITV1 broadcasts Loose Women weekdays at 12:30 p.m.

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