John Bowe is "still reeling" after being axed from "Emmerdale".
The veteran actor has portrayed Lawrence White on the ITV soap for two-and-a-half years but has confirmed he is to depart the Dales - and it wasn"t his decision to leave.
He wrote to a follower on Twitter: "I"m still reeling from the door that"s just been slammed in my face.
"I shall get up, dust myself down, etc. #actorslife.(sic)"
And when a fan expressed their shock at his departure, he added: "Not my decision."
The 67-year-old actor turned to his co-star Chris Chittell, who plays Eric Pollard, for support when he learned he was being axed.
He wrote: "Emotional chat with @ChrisChittell earlier. I"m still upset. What a first class decent chap he is. As with everyone I"m going to miss him. X"
After making the news of his departure public, John is stunned by the outpouring of well wishes he"s received from fans on social media.
He posted: "Thankyou for all your kind words. I am truly amazed and extremely grateful. It is always an honour and privilege to perform for you. X (sic)"
On screen, John"s alter ego was recently left distraught after ending his relationship with boyfriend Ronnie when his lover confessed to framing the businessman"s daughter Chrissie by letting her think he"d stolen a Home Farm digger in a bid to cause a huge rift.
Explaining why he did it, Ronnie said: "I knew the minute she thought that digger was nicked, she"d point the finger at me and then things would kick off.
"All I had to do was look suspicious. I couldn"t stand it anymore, she wouldn"t get off my back. She was always watching and waiting for a chance to take me down and get me out of your life."