ITV has terminated its appointment with Emmerdale actor, Asan N’Jie following a clash with a Hollyoaks star, at an award ceremony.
Asan swore and threw a punch at Jamie Lomas after the TV Choice Awards, which held in London, on Monday night.
“ITV executives have met with him this morning and as a consequence Asan’s contract has been terminated with immediate effect,” says a Spokeswoman.
She says she never saw anything like this at an awards ceremony.
If anything, normally, there is “jovial competitive banter” between soap stars, she says.
She said this time, she heard a “sort of scuffle” and saw the two actors shouting at each other adding that she heard Asan N’Jie say: “I’m going to kill you, I’m going to kill you”.
“I heard the knife threat – I couldn’t believe in this day and age, someone would make that sort of threat.”
However, Asan has shown remorse about his behaviour
“My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable,” the actor said in a statement.
“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.”
Kelly Allen has been a freelance showbiz journalist for 13 years and was covering the event.
In August, Asan tweeted that he was “grateful for the opportunity flying my way” when his nomination for Best Newcomer was announced.
He was nominated as Best Soap Newcomer at the awards, but lost out to Kara-Leah Fernandes, who plays Bailey Baker in EastEnders.
On the other hand, Jamie, who has starred in Hollyoaks, EastEnders and Coronation Street , wasn’t nominated.
He has not commented since the incident took place.