Ex-Coronation Street star Marc Anwar has apologised for the offensive tweets that resulted in him getting the sack from the ITV soap.
The actor has been dismissed from Corrie after posting alleged “racially offensive” comments on Twitter. Anwar – who has played Sharif Nazir since February 2014 – has had his contract with Corrie terminated with immediate effect after branding Indian people “b******ds” and “p**s-drinking c**ts”.
Now, he has posted a video on YouTube in which he says sorry to family, friends and former colleagues for using unacceptable language.
Anwar’s original comments on social media came amidst the conflict between India and Pakistan following the deaths of 17 soldiers at a Kashmir army base. Referring to recent news events, Anwar says in the video:
“On Friday evening, I saw on the news children being pulled out of rubble, people being pelted with pellets, women mourning their dead in Kashmir.
“This upset me very deeply, and in a moment of madness, I ranted out, I vented my anger. Again, the language that I used, I sincerely apologise for.”
The character of Sharif Nazir is currently involved in a central storyline on Coronation Street that has seen his seven-year affair with family friend Sonia revealed to viewers.
RadioTimes.com understands that Corrie considers it too late to edit Anwar out of this week’s episodes completely without having to scrap entire broadcasts.
But the show is giving urgent consideration to making sure that Sharif is less visible in the run-up to Anwar’s exit.
You can watch Marc Anwar’s apology in full below. Beneath that, there’s a 60-second rundown of all this week’s drama on Coronation Street.
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