08:46 03 August 2009
Coronation Street legend Barbara Knox is set to be written out of the soap, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror claim that the 75-year-old actress famed for her role as the Kabin's shopkeeper Rita Sullivan told soap bosses last week that she needed some time off.
This prompted the team of writers to come up with a drastic storyline to explain Rita's temporary absence after 37 years on the show.
A Street source said: "Barbara felt bad that she had to go, but she explained it was in no way a serious health issue and that she'd be back.
"We had no option but to rewrite storylines and also shoot a scene in the Rovers Return to explain why should wouldn't be around for a while."
Knox is expected to return to the cobbled street in the autumn.
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