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Friday 18th October 2019

Emmerdale's Asan N'jie thanks fans for support after being fired

The actor has spoken out since his firing

Axed Emmerdale actor Asan N'Jie has broken his silence after being fired.

Actor Asan was dismissed from the soap after being caught on camera threatening to "knife" Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas during a bust up at the TV Choice Awards.

He played Ellis Chapman in the soap before being suspended and axed after the incident in September.

With the exception of a statement at the time of his firing, Asan has not spoken publicly until now.

"All the people who’ve reached out and had my back you’ll never know how much I appreciate you," he tweeted.

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"I’ve learned, I’ve grown and now I’m working harder than ever to finish what I started.

"Keep your circle tight and always fall forward! The universe tends to unfold as it should."

Asan was sacked with "immediate effect" after threatening to kill Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas, and being escorted off the premises of the ITV soap.

He had starred as Ellis for a year before his sacking (Credit: ITV)

According to The Mirror, Asan said to Jamie: "Do you think you are a [bleep] big man? I'm going to [bleeping] kill you. I'm going to [bleeping] knife you."

I’ve learned, I’ve grown and now I’m working harder than ever to finish what I started.

The paper reported that the pair had to be "pulled apart" twice by security.

Asan had earlier been nominated for Best Newcomer after his character was stabbed in a knife crime storyline.

Asan had starred in big budget Hollywood films before the soap

ITV said in a statement last month: "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 released his own statement, in which he apologised, saying: "My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character.

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"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."

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