The actress, who has become a household name for playing the role of Mercedes McQueen for eleven years, made the announcement when she appeared on Loose Women.
The star, who is due to give birth to her first baby next month, was talking about her pregnancy when Ruth Langsford asked how long she was going on maternity leave for.
“I’m taking a year off,” she said as cheers could be heard from the audience.
Pregnant Jennifer Metcalfe reveals Hollyoaks exit news: Jennifer Metcalfe revealed that she won’t be returning to Hollyoaks for a year[ITV]
“I’ve been at Hollyoaks for eleven amazing years.”
However the soon to be new mum, who recently filmed her exit scenes from the soap, appeared to confirm that she would be returning after her 12 month hiatus.
While the star had the pregnancy glow, she admitted that it hasn’t been easy.
“I feel like I’ve had an eight month long hangover that never ends,” the star told Ruth Langsford, Coleen Nolan, Janet Street-Porter and Nadia Sawalha.
“I’ve had everything from nausea.
“If it’s not nausea, it’s the lack of sleep if it’s not lack of sleep it’s constipation. I can ditch the girly holidays and fancy meals but all I want to do is be able to sleep, poo and eat.”
Pregnant Jennifer Metcalfe reveals Hollyoaks exit news: Jennifer also revealed that she and Greg Lake don’t want want to find out the gender of their baby until their little bundle of joy is born [ITV]
Pregnant Jennifer Metcalfe reveals Hollyoaks exit news: It is not yet known how Mercedes McQueen will be written out of the soap [Channel 4]
As the panel giggled over Jennifer’s confession, she went on to reveal that she and boyfriend Greg Lake, who she has been with for four years, don’t want to find out the gender of their baby until the little bundle of joy is born.
“We don’t know. I want to get through that last push. I get why people find out but I want to keep it a surprise for us,” the soap actress confessed.
With a baby on the way, Ruth questioned whether Jennifer and Greg would ever tie the knot.
Gushing about her beau, Jennifer admitted that while there is no immediate plans to get married, she probably will in the future.
Pregnant Jennifer Metcalfe reveals Hollyoaks exit news: Jennifer showed off her growing baby bump at the BAFTA TV Awards [Getty]
“He’s brilliant. We’re best mates. He’s definitely the person I’m going to be with so probably soon.
“We’ll play it by ear.”
Having been on the show to talk about the hacking of her private photos, the star confessed that she hasn’t been paying much attention to it because she’s been focusing on her pregnancy.
“I was told about 4 weeks ago by my agent who me that a tabloid wanted to run them.
Pregnant Jennifer Metcalfe reveals Hollyoaks exit news: The star recently went on a babymoon with Greg ahead of the baby’s birth next month [Instagram]
“I’ve got bigger fish to fry then googling myself half naked and there’s nothing on my phone that I’m ashamed off.”
Loose Women continues on ITV, weekdays from 12.30pm.