In the latest episode of Coronation Street, Damon (played by Ciarán Griffiths) pressured Jacob Hay over the missing drugs. After admitting he was in a bad place, he confessed everything to Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) and promised to leave for good. Star Jack James Ryan spoke out on Twitter after his unexpected exit.
After breaking Amy Barlow’s (Elle Mulvaney) heart, Jacob departed in a taxi.
The actor said in a statement on Twitter: “That’s all folks! Jacob Hay over and out.
“I can’t believe a two-month job on the cobbles turned into a two-year Weatherfield residency.
“Getting to work on a show I was brought up on and to follow in the footsteps of true legends has been an absolute privilege.
“I can’t thank the fans of the show enough for getting behind me, the love and support has been truly overwhelming.
“Jacob has been an absolute treat of a character to play and that’s all been down to how well the writers have written for him.
“I’d like to thank Gennie and the casting team for taking a chance on me, the multitude of talented directors I’ve had the pleasure of working with and the whole production team who work tirelessly to bring this show to life.”
He took a moment to pay a special tribute to his co-star Elle Mulvaney.
Amy star Elle said she was “absolutely gutted” to hear her co-star would be leaving.
She told Digital Spy: “I was tearing up reading the scripts because Jack is genuinely one of my best mates – I literally met up with him yesterday, I love him.
“He’s an absolutely brilliant actor and I think to get to work with your best friend all the time is just an absolute godsend.
“He brought so much to the show, so I think he’ll be really missed.”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV