Viewers who tuned into Sunday night's episode of The Only Way Is Essex were left feeling "uncomfortable" following a row that broke out between cast…
Emmerdale star Asan N’Jie has been sacked from the soap after a fight with Hollyoaks actor Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards which was caught on video. The footage showed a brawl between the soap stars during the after party, with Malique Thompson-Dwyer having to intervene.
At one point, Asan, who played Ellis Chapman in the show, appeared to make threats to ‘knife’ Jamie – who is set to return to Hollyoaks as Warren Fox later this year. The Mirror released the explosive footage, which led to ITV launching an investigation.
As a result, Asan has been axed from the show. A spokesperson for ITV said: “Emmerdale suspended Asan N’Jie yesterday pending further investigation into an incident at a central London hotel on Monday night. ITV executives have met with him this morning and as a consequence Asan’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect.’
Asan said in a statement: ‘My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character. I sincerely apologise to everybody who has been affected especially Jamie Lomas, the whole Emmerdale team, our audience, ITV, my family, and the organisers of the TV Choice Awards. I am devastated, accept full responsibility for my actions and I am determined to learn from this.’
Asan was reportedly escorted off the premises of the Hilton Park Lane Hotel by security after allegedly goading Jamie and threatening to ‘kill’ him. An insider told The Sun: ‘Jamie was enraged by the sarcastic dig which seemed to come out of nowhere and was completely unprovoked.
‘It was a real flashpoint which left fellow cast members shocked and one or two people remarking on how it was like a scene from a soap opera.’
The eyewitness continued: ‘It was chaos. They were pushing, shoving and really getting in each other’s faces. They got pulled apart but then went at it again. They were both absolutely furious.’
Asan joined the show last year and his character Ellis has been involved in a number of high profile storylines including a feud with his brother Billy, a stabbing during a night out and the arrival of his shady businessman dad Al.
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