The exit of Emmerdale character Ellis Chapman has been revealed after actor Asan N’Jie was sacked following a brawl with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards in September.
There had been speculation that the character would die from sepsis when he cut his arm on a rusty nail in Tuesday night’s episode.
Yet on Thursday’s show it was revealed by his brother Billy that Ellis had moved to live with his mother Jessie in Dubai.
Bad news: The exit of Emmerdale character Ellis Chapman has been revealed after actor Asan N’Jie was sacked following a brawl with Hollyoaks star Jamie Lomas at the TV Choice Awards
Billy said to Ellis’s father Al: ‘Don’t freak out but he’s got another job,’ adding: ‘I don’t think you could compete with Dubai.’
When Al asked when Ellis would be leaving, Billy said: ‘Any time now,’ as he explained Jessie was incredibly busy with her new job and needed Ellis’s help.
In the evening’s second episode, further details were confirmed.
Billy told Dawn Taylor: ‘Al has been working him into the ground, it’s making him ill.
Tough: Ellis’s brother Billy told Dawn Taylor that Ellis was moving to Dubai after being ‘worked into the ground’ by his father Al
‘So I called mum…she rang with a job. It might only be a couple of months, maybe less, but at least he’s getting away from [Al].’
Billy and Dawn did discuss when Ellis might return but fans now know that will not happen.
The news comes following speculation that Ellis would depart by dying from sepsis.
Meeting his maker: It follows speculation that the character would die from sepsis when he cut his arm on a rusty nail in Tuesday night’s episode
The character suffered a deep cut to his arm while doing manual labour.
Despite his brother Billy’s concerns, Ellis insisted that he didn’t need to seek medical attention for the cut, and bandaged it up without a thought.
The scene sparked social media speculation from fans that Ellis will meet his maker through sepsis.
His departure was expected to be abrupt because the show normally films six to eight weeks in advance.
Ouch! In a scene that aired on Tuesday night, Ellie suffered a cut on his arm after catching it on a rusty nail, but refused to go to the hospital
Nasty: Ellis’ injury has sparked speculation among fans about how his character will leave the soap, following his abrupt sacking
Fans on social media immediately speculated when ellis cut himself.
One wrote: ‘Oh! Is this leading to a sepsis storyline?’ while another added: ‘Could Ellis’ leaving storyline be sepsis? After grazing his arm on a rusty nail.’
A third viewer also posted: ‘Will Ellis get blood poisoning,’ while another fan also posted: ‘Please let that be how Ellis goes, killed by a nail.’
Looks painful! Soap bosses are yet to reveal how Ellis will depart the soap, after he was abruptly axed last week
WHAT IS SEPSIS?
Sepsis, known as the ‘silent killer’, strikes when an infection such as blood poisoning sparks a violent immune response in which the body attacks its own organs.
It is the leading cause of avoidable death, killing at least 44,000 a year, and the Daily Mail has long campaigned for more awareness.
If caught early, the infection can be controlled by antibiotics before the body goes into overdrive – ultimately leading to death within a matter of minutes.
But the early symptoms of sepsis can be easily confused with more mild conditions, meaning it can be difficult to diagnose.
Sepsis has similar symptoms to flu, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.
- Slurred speech or confusion
- Extreme shivering or muscle pain
- Passing no urine in a day
- Severe breathlessness
- It feels like you are dying
- Skin mottled or discoloured
Symptoms in children are:
- Fast breathing
- Fits or convulsions
- Mottled, bluish or pale skin
- Rashes that do not fade when pressed
- Feeling abnormally cold
Last month Asan was sacked from Emmerdale after getting into a brawl with Hollyoaks star Jamie at the TV Choice Awards.
The actor was seen throwing a punch at Jamie during an explosive fight in front of shocked onlookers, shouting: ‘I’m going to f*****g kill you’.
Asan, who has been involved in a knife attack Emmerdale plot, could be heard shouting in a video obtained by the Mirror: ‘Do you think you are a f*****g big man? I’m going to f*****g kill you. I’m going to f*****g knife you,’ before attempting to take a swipe at Jamie.
It’s fine! Ellis brushed off his injury and simply covered it in a bandage, rather than seek medical attention in hospital
After the Asan threw the punch, I’m A Celebrity’s Malique Thompson-Dwyer ran into the room to intervene and bundle Jamie out.
According to reports, the pair had to be pulled apart by security twice at the Hilton Park Lane hotel in Mayfair, London, with Asan eventually being escorted off the premises by staff at around 11pm.
Emmerdale announced that Asan had been sacked from the soap two days after footage surfaced of the brawl.
Will he survive? Fans took to Twitter after watching the scenes to claim that Ellis will contract sepsis from the cut, setting the stage for his character to be killed off
An ITV spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘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.’
In a further statement given to MailOnline, Asan said: ‘My behaviour at the TV Choice Awards was completely unacceptable and very much out of character.
Drama: Asan was sacked by ITV from his role as Ellis Chapman on Emmerdale after threatening to ‘knife’ Hollyoaks actor Jamie at the TV Choice Awards last month
‘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’s brawl with Jamie was reportedly sparked by a financial dispute with one of his co-stars.
A source told The Sun that Asan allegedly goaded Jamie into lashing out, as the Hollyoaks star was awaiting commission for working with the star in the early days of his career.
According to the source Jamie was managing Asan’s co-star – who is yet to be named – at his First Take Acting school, and helped him land one of his first roles in Emmerdale.
Upsetting: The actor was seen throwing a punch at Jamie (pictured) during an explosive fight in front of shocked onlookers, and he was sacked two days after the footage emerged
The actor in question had decided to leave Jamie’s agency, but is yet to pay the full commission. They said: ‘Jamie had guided this young lad’s career and was responsible for him landing a gig in Emmerdale.
‘He is entitled to this money but it’s currently the subject of a private and personal dispute.’
Explaining how the brawl started, the source added: ‘Asan went up to Jamie and started goading him, saying things like, ”Alright, Jamie big b*****ks”.’
A representative for Hollyoaks also confirmed to MailOnline that the incident will not affect Jamie’s return to the soap as Warren Fox in early 2020, after he briefly reprised the role earlier this year.
Gone: The actor’s exit storyline was is expected to air in the coming weeks, and it had been reported that his character will leave the village to join his mum Jessie in Dubai