Miranda Hart has dismissed rumours that suggested she has been banned from returning to the BBC period drama, Call The Midwife.
Earlier in the week, publications reported that Miranda, who played the popular role of the loveable Chummy, was not welcome to return to the show after pulling out of a previous season.
However, now Miranda herself has responded to the speculation, claiming that she has not heard anything about it herself.
The star was replying to a fan’s comment on her Instagram, who said they were ‘gutted’ to hear the rumours that she wouldn’t be back on Call the Midwife/
She said, ‘that sounds like tabloids to me. Not a decision I have made or heard of’, clearing up any and all speculation!
Bosses at Call the Midwife have also dismissed the speculation, calling it ‘utter rubbish’.
Posting on the BBC Facebook account, they wrote, ‘This morning’s Sun newspaper in the UK contains a story which claims that our wonderful Miranda Hart, who played Chummy in the first four seasons of our show, has in some way “let down” the production team of Call the Midwife, and that she has subsequently been “banned” from any future involvement in our drama’
Going on to deny the rumours, they continued, ‘We can state clearly right here that the story is utter RUBBISH, and we object to it in the STRONGEST POSSIBLE TERMS.’
Pippa Harris and Heidi Thomas, the show’s executive producer and series creator respectively, also issued a statement of their own, to vehemently deny that there was any truth to the story.
They said, “The creative team at Call the Midwife remain extremely close to Miranda, and hugely value the contribution Chummy made to the first four series of the show.
“Sadly, the timing wasn’t right for her to return in 2016, but the door is always open. We would welcome her with open arms should she ever be free and want to come back to Nonnatus House .”
Miranda originally left the popular drama back in 2014, after her character Chummy Noakes married long-term love Peter, and welcomed a baby boy, who they named Freddie.
She was confirmed to be returning to the series in 2016 – however, pulled out shortly after filming had begun.
The star has not yet made a comeback on the show, although fans are desparate to see how Chummy has been faring.
Commenting on CTM’s Facebook post, one viewer wrote, ‘Hope she comes back. She was my favourite midwife’.
While another agreed, ‘Loved Miranda Hart in CTM. She was a delight to watch.’ And a third said, ‘hope she returns,thought she was really great. just adore call the midwife looking forward to the next series.😄’
We couldn’t agree more!