In yet another Emmerdale shocker, there are reports that Adam Thomas is quitting the role of Adam Barton.
The 28-year-old actor will be bowing out from ITV's long-running soap in a dramatic storyline due to unfold later in 2017 in hopes of hosting his own show, according to The Sun.
Digital Spy has reached out to both Emmerdale and Adam Thomas's representatives for clarification about the actor's status.
Although nothing is confirmed at this stage, Emmerdale super-fans are understandably distraught at the idea of losing the Barton brother (warning: NFSW tweets below):
How can Adam just leave like no I need you here in Emmerdale to keep the peace 😭- Lauren (@NiallH_smile) March 29, 2017
@adamthomas21 welll Adam I'm really upset about you leaving emmerdale. But you do what's best for you x- Ian 🎗🔹 (@IanMirandaSings) March 29, 2017
@adamthomas21 please tell me you aren't quitting emmerdale Adam??- Ian 🎗🔹 (@IanMirandaSings) March 29, 2017
Adam cant leave emmerdale what the fuck what about Vic and the little family they planned to have, WHAT ABOUT BARTSY- nev (@buckyshood) March 29, 2017
Dear @emmerdale i unserstand that adam thomas is leaving the show but please. I am begging you please do not kill him off.- Elise.97 (@wewereinfinnite) March 29, 2017
if adam is actually leaving then I am 1000% done . @emmerdale why u gotta do this- emile (@emilysayerss) March 29, 2017
So disappointed that Adam Thomas is leaving Emmerdale, if it's true. If only for him and Vic.- tezza (@specterxross) March 29, 2017
So adam is leaving maybe they'll do a storyline where Victoria leaves with him ! They could be offered a happy ever after #Emmerdale- Whelo ❤️ (@AimeeKate2014) March 29, 2017
Adam Thomas has been a mainstay of Emmerdale throughout eight years of Barton family drama, and continues to be a major part of the soap's ongoing stories.
The biggest shocker of Adam's life played out when he discovered that the man he thought was uncle - James Barton (Bill Ward) - turned out to be his biological father rather than John (James Thornton) (as he'd always been led to believe).
He's also had a rocky relationship with long-time best friend Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller). However, he stood by the troubled mechanic during Aaron's heartbreaking prison stint earlier this year.
Adam Thomas took a break from Emmerdale last autumn to compete in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, quickly becoming a fan favourite for his cheeky pranks and his impressive string of Bushtucker trial wins.
The Manchester-born actor ultimately reached the grand finale of I'm a Celebrity, but finished third overall to winner Scarlett Moffatt and runner-up Joel Dommett in the last public vote.
"I wish I was!" Adam joked on This Morning. "No, I'm not! I'm sorry, sorry! Sorry! Sorry, no! I love Emmerdale, I really love Emmerdale.
"No, I'm happy at Emmerdale and I just can't wait to get back to work. I've got one day tomorrow… and I can't wait to see everyone."
Emmerdale is currently on the verge of another major exit, as John Middleton quits after 21 years as Ashley Thomas. Ashley's heartbreaking final scenes will air next week.
Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV, with an extra episode at 8pm on Thursdays.
Digital Spy Soap Scoop video – hit play below for all the latest Emmerdale spoilers, as Ashley sadly passes away and Aaron gets released from prison.
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