The character of Tommy Duckworth is to be given an off-screen exit storyline in the episode of Coronation Street set to air on Wednesday 23 October.
Tommy will pack his bags and leave in a hurry after finding out that girlfriend Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) has moved a homeless David Platt (Jack P Shepherd) into their flat.
Tina is to take pity on her ex when she finds him living rough after mum Gail (Helen Worth) turns her back on him. David will become persona non grata in the Platt house after his evil plotting comes to light in the coming week.
But when Tina arrives home after inviting David to stay, he has news for her:
"It’s Tommy. He proper kicked off when he found me here. He went mental, saying how he always comes last with you and how you think you can do what you want.”
David goes on to add that Tommy packed a bag, called a cab and left for the airport. And when Tina discovers that Tommy’s passport has been taken, she’s left in little doubt that her boyfriend has gone for good.
Later in the week, Tommy’s workmate Tyrone (Alan Halsall) discloses that he has spoken to his former colleague and that he’s under instruction not to reveal his whereabouts to Tina.
“If he wants to ring his mates more than ring me, then I’m glad he’s done one. Idiot,” says a resigned Tina.
Actor Chris Fountain, who played Tommy between 2011 and 2013, was sacked from the ITV soap back in August following his exposure as a masked rapper who posted foul-mouthed videos online.
The 26-year-old has continued to appear on Coronation Street in scenes that he filmed prior to his dismissal, with next Wednesday’s episodes being the first time that his sudden exit has been addressed.