In an apparently unironic way (considering his current storyline) he said: "It felt like someone had punched me in the stomach when I found out. Julie will be missed by everyone - she's another Bill, she's loved. I'm excited for Julie because it's her choice but I'm gutted personally."
It was also revealed today that Julie's dad had passed away. 83-year old John died after battling Parkinson's disease for many years. Julie said: "My dad was just somebody everybody came into contact with and was really liked. He was warm, friendly and funny, and the messages I have had coming in have been absolutely lovely, and a great comfort. He was just the sort of person that if you met him, you would never forget and he would make people feel really welcome."