The sudden departure of Todd Grimshaw from Coronation after actor Bruno Langley was accused of inappropriate behaviour by a woman at a Manchester nightclub has forced the soap's writers into a dramatic rewrite of the show's major Christmas storyline.
Corrie Boss Kate Oates teased in a press conference back in September that a huge storyline would be coming up revealing Coronation Street resident vicar Billy Mayhew's disturbing past.
So far portrayed as the forgiving good guy, it was set to be revealed over Christmas that Billy had a dark side, and had perhaps even committed murder in his past.
But following Langley's sudden departure, Corrie writers are reportedly scrambling to re-write this major storyline.
Whether the storyline will be scrapped or continued without Todd remains unknown. However, the story could continue simply involving Billy and his adopted daughter Summer Spellman.
In fact, Corrie bosses have revealed that all pre-recorded episodes featuring Todd will still be aired, which will take us up to Christmas Eve. As for how this will affect the all-important Christmas Day episode we don’t know, but Corrie reps also confirmed that no further scenes shall be filmed with Bruno Langley.
In a public statement, Bruno, who has played Todd Grimshaw on-and-off since 2001 wrote:
“Sadly, I will no longer be working on Coronation Street. Acting on the show has been the fulfilment of a personal dream. Playing the role of Todd Grimshaw since I was 17 years old has been a huge part of my life, and an absolute honour. ‘I would like to thank all of my friends who work on the show for their love, friendship and support during this extremely difficult period. I will make a further statement in due course, and when I am able to do so.’
Coronation Street will continue on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays at 7.30pm on ITV.