ichard Blackwood was a "bit hurt" by the BBC's decision not to renew his "EastEnders" contract.
The 45-year-old actor - who stars as Vincent Hubbard on the long-running soap - was recently revealed to be leaving the show following a "mutual" decision, but Richard has now disputed that version of events.
During an interview with MC Harvey, Richard explained: "There was no bad vibe between me and "EastEnders" [about] leaving.
"It just so happened that I came to the end of my contract and they weren't going to renew it."
The BBC announced Richard's exit from the show earlier this month, saying the actor wanted to "explore other opportunities".
Richard admitted he was "hurt" by the decision of the broadcaster, although he admitted to already fulfilling his original ambition of starring on the programme for three years.
He said: "When I came into "EastEnders" ... I said if I get more than one year, I reckon I'm going to do three years ... "EastEnders" is its [own] movie, I'm a character within it...
"My character within that movie had to leave."
What's more, Richard - whose on-screen character was forced into selling his bar - revealed he's felt frustrated by the direction of Vincent's storylines.
He confessed: "This is no disrespect, but the storyline, where it started to go, I wasn't feeling.
"Where they started to take my character, and people will see where my character goes towards the end, I wasn't feeling. It was like, "No, it's time.""