The actor was one of the original stars of the soap, playing Kurt Benson, and returned to celebrate its 25th anniversary when it was revealed Kurt wasn't actually dead.
However, he recently ruled out another stint on the Channel 4 show, admitting his recent return had put him off.
Speaking to podcast Soap From The Box, he explained: "It all became a bit of a shit show, for want of a better word.
"I was going to be going back for a lot longer, doing more episodes, open-ended. Then COVID struck.
"Rather than sacrifice me coming back at all – because they didn't want to expand it. If anything, they needed to reduce the cast because you can only shoot with certain people. They had to scrap 30 episodes and change the way they were shooting."
He continued: "But Bryan [Kirkwood] still wanted me back and he phoned me and apologised and we just did a short stint.
"In hindsight, it probably would have been better to leave it alone, to be honest. It was neither one thing nor the other.
"I didn't feel comfortable, we didn't know where we were going with it, they didn't know where they were going with it.
"We had subsequent chats about it and I just thought... I've got a daughter now, I've got a wife and it was hard being away. I was all prepared to [stay] for six months and possibly a year, but doing three months and then not knowing my future?
"They said: 'We're going to try to bring you back'. And they're saying it still. The fact is, now he's alive, he can come back. But for the time being I've said: 'No, it's alright, I'm just going to crack on'."
He added: "It was lovely seeing everybody but it was just such a shame. It would have been a very different experience with a different storyline, a much longer, stronger storyline. I would still be there now."
Soap From The Box will release Jeremy's episode on Sunday (March 14).
Hollyoaks currently airs new episodes from Mondays to Fridays at 6.30pm on Channel 4, with first look screenings at 7pm on E4.
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