Coronation Street boss Kate Oates has responded to Sir Michael Parkinson's complaints over the show's Pat Phelan storyline.
Last year, the veteran broadcaster revealed that he 'recoiled' from watching Corrie as a result of Phelan's brutal murder of Andy and Vinny, adding that it had "little to do" with the show that he admired in the early 1960s.
But while Oates was disappointed the show is no longer to Parky's tastes, she said on today's (March 19) This Morning that it had to change for the modern audience.
"I don't want to say Parky is out of date. What I go on is our viewing figures [and] they are up year on year. My bosses seem happy with that, I'm happy with that," she explained.
"Everyone is entitled to an opinion. I would love it if Parky still loved the show as much as he did in the '60s but I do think things have moved on and that's okay."
Oates has recently confirmed that she plans to stay on as Coronation Street's series producer until 2019. "It's a very intense job so people normally do it for about three years before moving on – and that's what I'm planning," she outlined.
"You have to remember all the time that you're just looking after it for the next person. You want to do a solid job and hand it over in a healthy state."
Coronation Street continues tonight at 7.30pm on ITV.
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