“This is no disrespect to EastEnders, but the storyline, where it started to go, I wasn’t feeling it,” he continued to tell So Solid Crew’s Harvey on his YouTube channel.
“People will see where my character goes towards the end, I wasn’t feeling it. It was like, ‘No, it’s time’.”
At the time, bosses thanked the actor for his contribution to the programme, having been on the show since 2015.
In a statement, they said: “Richard has been a great addition to the show and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Since leaving, Richard has taken on another soap role as the former lover and father of Martine Devereux (Kelle Bryan) triplets, Felix Westwood, on Channel 4’s Hollyoaks.