SOAP stars Jamie Lomas and Asan N’Jie have remained tight-lipped on what sparked their explosive row at the TV Choice Awards on Monday night.
Sacked Emmerdale actor Asan, 25, threatened to stab and “f***ing kill” Hollyoaks favourite Jamie, 44 – and now The Sun Online can exclusively reveal why.
They have fallen out over one of Asan’s friends and Emmerdale co-stars, who Jamie is currently involved in a financial dispute with.
According to our source, Jamie, who juggles his on-screen work with running Manchester’s First Take Acting school, was managing a young up-and-coming actor and secured him a role in Emmerdale.
“Jamie had guided this young lad’s career and was responsible for him landing a gig in Emmerdale,” revealed our insider.
“However since then, he has decided he wants to leave Jamie’s agency, which Jamie is fine with, but he wants the commission he is owed.
“He is entitled to this money but it’s currently the subject of a private and personal dispute.”
Since joining Emmerdale, the unidentified actor has befriended Asan, who has learnt of his financial disagreement with Jamie and when the two came face-to-face at the TV Choice Awards he allegedly decided to goad his mate’s former agent.
Our source revealed: “Asan went up to Jamie and started goading him, saying things like, ‘Alright, Jamie big b*****ks’.”
The next minute, the pair had to be pulled apart by fellow stars.
In a clip of the bust-up, Asan screams: “Do you think you are a f***ing big man? I’m going to f***ing kill you.”
One onlooker shouts: “This isn’t that kind of party, bro!”
Asan was escorted off the premises by security staff and was fired from his role yesterday after an emergency meeting with show bosses.
And, as we revealed earlier, Asan was set to “get down on his hands and knees” to plead for a second chance but the execs saw no other option but to terminate his contract.
The young actor’s career is now in tatters as a spokesperson for the show confirmed he had been given the boot.
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In a statement earlier today, they said: “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 issued a grovelling apology and said in a statement of his own: “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.”
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