Coronation Street fans blame the soap's SIX weekly episodes on recent cast ...

Coronation Street fans have furiously claimed that the soap is now 'in the gutter,' as they accused bosses of being 'greedy' by opting to air six episodes a week.

In a forum published by Digital Spy, viewers have claimed a dip in quality could be to blame for the recent increase in cast exits, with seven stars quitting the soap in just three months.

It comes after The Irish Sun claimed that 'poor wages, long hours and a poisonous atmosphere' are to blame for the recent increase in cast exits.

Shock: Coronation Street fans have furiously claimed that the soap is now 'in the gutter,' as they accused bosses of being 'greedy' by opting to air six episodes a week

Shock: Coronation Street fans have furiously claimed that the soap is now 'in the gutter,' as they accused bosses of being 'greedy' by opting to air six episodes a week

In the forum, fans were quick to air their views about the state of the soap after it was claimed the show was 'in crisis' following the exits of seven cast members.

Lucy Fallon - who plays Bethany Platt - was the latest to announce she had quit the soap, as she told MailOnline in a statement she would say goodbye to the cobbles in 2020. 

Several fans were in agreement that the decision to move from five episodes a week to six in Autumn 2017 has backfired, resulting in a dip in quality.

One wrote: 'Six episodes is killing the cast and crew and it's painfully showing through in the quality of what we're seeing right now.'

They're off! In a Digital Spy forum, viewers claimed a dip in quality could be to blame for the recent increase in cast exits, with seven stars quitting the soap in just three months

They're off! In a Digital Spy forum, viewers claimed a dip in quality could be to blame for the recent increase in cast exits, with seven stars quitting the soap in just three months

Another added: 'Coronation Street should never have gone to 6 episodes. It's really showing its decline.'

A third soap fan also suggested that the soap has been neglecting certain cast members when it comes to screen time.

In a lengthy explanation they wrote: 'It's strange isn't it. Corrie isn't producing a lot more screen time than the other soaps - take into consideration EastEnders doesn't have ad breaks and Hollyoaks does 5 episodes, Emmerdale does 6-7. Yet the quality is so poor at the moment compared to the other soaps.

Bad move: Several fans were in agreement that the decision to move from five episodes a week to six in Autumn 2017 has backfired

Bad move: Several fans were in agreement that the decision to move from five episodes a week to six in Autumn 2017 has backfired

'For me, the reason is poor character rotation. There's such a large cast (which can be a good thing if utilised correctly) and yet we're seeing the same faces day in day out. Monday, Gemma, Wednesday Gemma, Friday Gemma... 

'I'm not holding out for much hope whilst Iain Macleod is in charge but I hope we see the other cast (Ali, Ryan, Leanne, Adam) more regularly.'

'ITV got greedy and it's finally coming back to bite them,' a fourth fan also tweeted.

Another fan also posted: 'Bring back Daran Little! The show turns 60 in just over 19 months and this is the best they're capable of right now? 

'It's really been in the gutter since last August.'

Coronation Street: Who's Quit?

Gone: Lucy will leave Corrie in 2020, after five years of playing Bethany Platt

Gone: Lucy will leave Corrie in 2020, after five years of playing Bethany Platt

Lucy Fallon - plays Bethany Platt

Lucy is set to leave the soap in 2020, five years after joining the cast as teen Bethany. 

In a statement the star said she's made the 'extremely difficult decision' to leave the show, after earning much praise for a 2017 storyline which saw her character be groomed and abused.

Katie McGlynn - plays Sinead Tinker

It has been reported that Katie will be leaving Corrie later this year after six years on the show.

The star is currently playing out a storyline which has seen her character battle cervical cancer. 

A source told MailOnline: 'This story still has a long way to go. Any speculation threatens to undermine the storyline for viewers' 

Faye Brookes - plays Kate Connor

Faye took to Twitter to announce that she was 'off to pastures new,' four years after joining the cast as Carla Connor's half-sister Kate.

Leaving: Tristan Gemmill is also set to leave his role as chef Robert Preston

Leaving: Tristan Gemmill is also set to leave his role as chef Robert Preston

The character - who has had much support from the soap's LGBTQ fanbase - has had a fair share of heartache, following her brother Aidan's suicide, and fiancé Rana's death in the factory roof collapse.

Tristan Gemmill - plays Robert Preston

Tristan has also tweeted he will be leaving Corrie later

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