EMMERDALE fans were left confused after Asan N'Jie didn't appear in tonight's episode – hours after being axed from the soap.
Earlier today, bosses at the ITV soap confirmed the 25-year-old had been sacked with "immediate effect" after he threatened to "knife and kill" Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas.
The men squared up to each other at the TV Choice Awards on Monday night at London's Park Lane Hilton Hotel.
A spokesperson for Emmerdale said in a statement today: “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.”
However, viewers were still surprised this evening when Asan's character Ellis Chapman failed to appear in any scenes.
This was despite the fact his mother Jessie and dad Al featured in the episode.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer shared a gif of a person with some binoculars and wrote: "#Emmerdale Ellis where are you?????"
Another tweeted: "#Emmerdale so it starts from tonight Asan wont be shown in tonights show one of many."
Asan was restrained by security and could be heard shouting: “Do you think you are a f***ing big man, I’m going to f***ing kill you.”
He also shouted: “I’m going to f***ing knife you.”
Asan issued a grovelling apology and 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.”
Meanwhile, viewers have called for show bosses to re-cast Ellis after Asan's axing.
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