HOLLYOAKS fans are convinced Mercedes McQueen will meet her end in the soap's dramatic shooting storyline – because she's reportedly set for a trip Down Under.
Viewers are adamant actress Jennifer Metcalfe, who plays the sassy leopard-print loving character, will be killed off in the whodunit plotline scheduled to hit screens in October because of her impending entrance to the I'm A Celebrity jungle.
Jen, mum of one, is tipped to head into the Aussie outback for the ITV reality series later this year after The Sun Online exclusively confirmed she was in talks with producers.
Yet with the potential for weeks of jungle japes and critter-filled Bushtucker Trials in store, the schedules of the shows likely wouldn't fit.
This means something would have to give – and fans have pointed the finger at the Channel 4 soap to fall victim.
The Sun quizzed it's Facebook users: "Do you think she will be great in the jungle?" yet this sparked one to hint they thought it was the end for Mercedes, as they wrote: "Hope it's not true – I don't want her to leave Hollyoaks."
Another added: "Love her on Hollyoaks. Think she would be great in the jungle. Great actor."
Meanwhile a Twitter user agreed, and added: "Someone's defo gonna get Mercedes cause there's gonna be an whodunit as someone shoots her."
One wrote: "Just make James kill Mercedes and Breda… then write him a decent exit."
Another appeared truly horrified, and put: "Surely you cant kill off the iconic Mercedes McQueen."
Yesterday The Sun Online revealed how Jen had been at the top of telly bosses' hit lists for months.
A TV insider told us: "Jen is perfect for the jungle, she's really funny and attractive and she loves a challenge.
"She hasn't signed yet but bosses are really keen to get her on the show. She's been into ITV for meetings."
Meanwhile, Mercedes' dramatic plot in the Hollyoaks village sees eight villagers come under suspicion for her shooting – and could hand Jennifer a long – or even permanent – break from the show.
Soap boss Bryan Kirkwood exclusively told The Sun Online: "This has been the year of Mercedes terrible decisions and there's no one better in soap at making terrible decisions and we love her.
"We love what Jen's done with Mercedes this year, even though we've been screaming at the TV throughout the months.
"The discovery of that threat to Harry on that phone again is the incident that leads to a massive week after stunt week which is all about who shot Mercedes McQueen."
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