Johnny Briggs' warns of Corrie culling
Former 'Coronation Street' actor Johnny Briggs has warned his pals on the soap not to ask bosses for pay rises over the next few months, because it could lead to them getting axed from the show
Johnny Briggs has warned his 'Coronation Street' pals not to ask for pay rises - unless they want to be killed off.
The actor - who played Weatherfield legend Mike Baldwin from 1976, until his alter-ego died from a heart attack in 2006 - believes stars of the soap should be on their best behaviour over the next few months, to stop them from being culled in the upcoming tram crash storyline.
He said: "They'll get rid of anyone who asks! You can't predict who will go - it could be anyone. They seem to get rid of people right, left and centre."
As part of the show's 50th birthday celebrations, executives on the soap are planning a huge new story in December, which will culminate in several of the show's biggest characters being killed off when a tram crashes onto the Street.
Johnny adored the three decades he spent on the show, but admits he is saddened the programme is affected so greatly by money these days.
He explained: "I've always said, you've got to listen to the fans. Give them a bit of what they want, but leave them wanting a bit more. But sadly TV doesn't work like that. Producers give fans what they want them to have, so I don't know if everyone will be happy at Christmas. When I worked there you got paid per episode so older cast members on more money might get used less!
"In my day you'd only be doing three episodes a week. They spread it very thinly these days because of the advertising. It's all about money. The number of episodes is needed to fit in as many adverts as they can sell around it."
Johnny recently signed up to narrate 'Corrie!', the musical stage production put on as part of celebrations for the upcoming landmark anniversary of the show.
He added: "I really miss the family of 'Coronation Street'. It was great fun and it's still a great show. It's an institution."