Former Coronation Street star, Marc Anwar has posted an apology video on YouTube following his sacking from the British soap
Pakistani-born Anwar was dismissed 'with immediate effect' over the weekend following several shocking tweets about Indian people were found on his private Twitter account. It is understood that Anwar's rant was in relation to the conflict between India and Pakistan following the deaths of 17 soldiers at a Kashmir army base.
An ITV spokesperson told Metro that: ‘We are deeply shocked by the entirely unacceptable, racially offensive comments made on Twitter by Marc Anwar."
"We have talked to Marc and, as a consequence of his comments, he will not be returning to Coronation Street with immediate effect."
In the video, Anwar apologises to anyone who was offended by his 'moment of madness'. He also tries to offer context as to his frame of mind when he sent the tweets.
Anwar joined Corrie in 2014 as businessman Sharif Nazir. In the past few weeks, his character has been at the centre of a massive affair storyline which it is believed was earmarked to feature heavily in the show's Christmas episodes. However, now that Anwar has been dismissed, the show's writers will need to find a way to creatively write his character out and plan storylines to replace the affair plot.
It is still unknown as to whether any scenes that Anwar has already filmed for the show will air as planned.