Death in Paradise: Why has JP Hooper star Tobi Bakare left Death in Paradise?

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Death in Paradise is known for its revolving door of cast members with actors coming and going from the show all the time. Season 10 saw another star calling it quits as JP Hooper actor Tobi Bakare announced he was walking away from the show. has the lowdown on why the Death in Paradise acting is now bowing out.

Why has JP Hooper star Tobi Bakare left Death in Paradise?

In a message on Twitter, Death in Paradise star Tobi Bakare confirmed he was leaving behind the sunny climes of Saint Marie after seven years.

Bakare, who is best known as police officer JP Hoooper, said: “Hi everybody. So yeah, it’s time that JP left the building. 

“I want to thank you all for being such a great support to myself and to the character.

“He’s been a pleasure to play and to entertain all of your guys with.

“I hope that he’s etched in you guys’ memories as he will be etched in mine.”

 Bakare continent: “Think of how he started the show, so wide-eyed and insecure but now he’s s mentor!

“Yeah, it’s been amazing. But yes, ultimately thank you guys and I want to thank all the team, the cast, the crew, the executive producers, Tim, Tony, Belinda, Alex, you guys have been absolutely phenomenal to me and I hope to work with you guys in the future.”

He finished off his missive, saying: “God bless you guys and yes till we meet again!”

On his decision to leave the show, the British actor explained: “The media answer is: I’ve been on the show for quite a while, and there’s an exploration of what’s to happen next in my career.

“And not just that – you know, my daughter’s going into school. That all sounds great.

“But actually, that’s not the reason why. Because if another project came up and required me to travel – for me and my wife to travel – we’d weigh it up, you know what I mean?”

He added to the Radio Times: “So I wouldn’t want to lie to anyone and say that’s the reason why we’re going to stay in the UK.”

JP walked away from Saint Marie after receiving a lucrative job offer with Commissioner Selwyn Patterson (played by Don Warrington) telling him about the new position.

The police board had been impressed by JP’s mentoring of new recruit Marlon Pryce (Tahj Miles) and they wanted to give JP a promotion for his efforts.

He initially turned down the offer after feeling his life was on the sun-soaked island he knew and loved.

However, after speaking to his wife Rosey Hooper (Prisca Bakare), JP changed his mind and took up the role.

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