Emmerdale’s Aaron Anthony is said to have largely quit because he was “extremely angry” at two of his championship mates facing a race investigation.
The series was rocked by a racing feud after two cast members were said to have “embed the tone of a mixed-race actress” on the set of the popular ITV soap.
Aaron, who plays Ellis Chapman, told producers that he wouldn’t be returning after his contract expired because he was angry about his teammates’ alleged behavior, The Sun claims.
Grumpy: Emmerdale’s Aaron Anthony is said to have largely quit because he was ‘extremely angry’ at two co-stars facing a race probe (pictured on soap)
Last month, reports emerged that an unnamed actress to Emmerdale was upset after an inappropriate comment was made to her, before her accent was allegedly mocked during the fall.
Matthew Wolfenden, 41, who plays David Metcalfe and Isabel Hudgens, 27, who portrays Victoria Sugden, are said to be facing allegations.
Both stars – who joined the series in 2006 – flatly denied the allegations of racism and suggested that the whole thing was a misunderstanding.
Matthew Wolfenden, 41, and Isabelle Hudgens, 27, were said to face allegations. Both categorically denied the allegations of racism
Aaron, 28, is said to be so “angry” about the feud and how the subsequent investigation was “handled” that he decided to leave the show after two years.
A source told the newspaper: ‘Aaron is very angry about this situation and had to be persuaded to return to Leeds to film his scenes in recent months.
He’s done some filming over the past two weeks, but the concept is that those scenes will be his last.
He was very vocal in his opinions about the allegations and the way inquiries were handled by superiors. He now feels that his position on the show is untenable.
MailOnline has contacted representatives for Aaron and Emmerdale for comment.
Recast: Aaron (left) took on the role from disgraced actor Asan Njie (right), who was sacked for threatening to kill fellow soap star Jimmy Lomas, 44, at the TV Choice Awards in 2019
It was also reported at the time that in the aftermath of the alleged incident, Matthew blasphemed Aaron.
The source continued that the couple had a “tense conversation” afterwards, adding that after that, Matthew and Isabel stopped filming.
“Emotions have been high” on the group since the incident, the source added, with no certainty of “what is believable.”
Aaron took the role from disgraced actor Asan Njie, who was sacked for threatening to kill fellow soap star Jimmy Lomas, 44, at the TV Choice Awards in 2019.
Meanwhile, Matthew and Isabel continue to miss screens and are said to not be returning until next year.
“While we will never comment on individual cases, Emmerdale has strong policies in place to handle any allegations brought to our attention and take appropriate steps,” an Emmerdale spokesperson told MailOnline.
MailOnline contacted agents of both stars at the time.
Race row: Meanwhile, the female cast member in the middle of the race row is said to be continuing filming “as usual”, although she wishes she wasn’t involved in it.
The cast member in the middle of the race is said to be continuing filming “as usual,” although she wishes she wasn’t involved in it.
The post notes that the “problem has not yet been resolved” and since two of Emmerdale’s biggest stars their sudden absence from the group has caused major “production issues”.
Matthew and Isabel engaged in a massive Super Soap Week stunt back in October, where their characters plunged into fast-flowing rapids after the rope bridge collapsed.
However, with both Isabelle and Matthew gone, this resulted in a “hastily rewrite of scripts”, causing some confusion for loyal viewers.
The chiefs are said to have planned to keep the blockbuster story “prominent”, but with both characters being off-screen for an “indefinite amount of time”, it presented a “real challenge” to the screenwriters.
The couple was last seen on screen on October 28, with the on-screen lovers heading to visit Victoria’s stepmother Diana Blackstock in Portugal.
Drama: Matthew and Isabel were previously said to have fallen while filming a soapy scene that included a dramatic stunt (pictured in October)