2012 will see more change for the cast of Packed to the Rafters with Angus McLaren taking time out from the hit series.
Former cast-mate Jessica McNamee told TV Week that McLaren had let slip to her that he had left the show.
But a Seven spokesperson told TV Tonight McLaren was having time off during the fifth season and was already back shooting subsequent episodes this week.
It isn’t yet clear how permanent his leave is.
Jessica Marais, who played Rachel Rafter, left screens last year for US acting opportunities while Hugh Sheridan will also pursue US opportunities.
A Seven spokesperson said Rafters had always been a series about ’empty-nesters’ and that none of the cast wanted their characters to be killed off.
McLaren is a member of the band Ballet Imperial, his other passion besides acting.
Packed to the Rafters returns with a 2 hr. premiere next Tuesday night at 8:30pm.