Hollyoaks airs Kurt Benson exit as Jeremy Edwards bows out

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Hollyoaks spoilers follow.

Jeremy Edwards has once again bowed out of his role as Hollyoaks original character Kurt Benson following a short return.

This week's episode have seen Kurt's scheme to scam his friends exposed by the equally-cunning Edward Hutchinson (Joe McGann), after his attempt to blackmail the doctor backfired.

Having been shunned by best mates Tony (Nick Pickard) and Darren (Ashley Taylor Dawson), Kurt once again tried to gain the upper-hand on Edward in Wednesday's (December 9) first-look episode on E4.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

"I want my compensation, and I want it now, or else I'm going to police to tell them exactly what happened to Diane," he threatened.

Edward sensed he had a problem on his hands with Kurt knowing the truth, so he offered the scammer a ticket out of Hollyoaks to start over fresh somewhere else.

Even though he'd promised to get Darren and Tony "every penny" he'd owed them by that evening, he was fully intent on leaving town for a train to London in the afternoon.

Before he went. Kurt tried to make peace with his deeply-hurt former friend Tony by offering one final word of advice.

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Photo credit: Lime Pictures

"You know what you're good at and you turn your back on it," Kurt complained. "You're the perfect husband, the loving father, all that rubbish, and yet you decide to live stag in a caravan… I know you've given up

"I know you're about to let the love of your life marry your old man without so much as a fight…. Your mistake was thinking that everybody plays by the same rules."

Kurt told Tony that Diane was "obviously still in love" with him, so "maybe the fight isn't over yet". He also warned Tony to "keep an eye" on Edward because he'd "never be as good a conman" as the doctor.

He then raced away on his motorcycle, leaving Tony, Darren and Mandy without their money. Digital Spy can confirm that these were Kurt's final scenes for the time being, but the door has been left open for a possible return.

Photo credit: Lime Pictures
Photo credit: Lime Pictures

Benson returned to the soap for its anniversary week in October to explain the mystery of how Kurt faked his own death and to rebuild his friendship with Tony. It was later revealed that he'd actually just wanted to bilk his old friends out of their life savings.

Viewers can expect more upheaval, as it has been reported that Joe McGann has also filmed his final scenes as Tony's evil father Edward.

Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Thursdays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4. Classic episodes, titled Hollyoaks Favourites, air on Fridays at 7pm on E4.

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