Guys, it’s happening. Ryan Thomas is leaving Coronation Street.
Yep. After 16 years on the cobbles (can you BELIEVE it?!), the 32-year-old is bidding adieu to his character Jason Grimshaw. *Sobs*.
So why has Ryan decided to quit the soap? Well, it was actually all down to one of his co-stars.
If you’re a Corrie fan, you’ll remember Terence Maynard. He played Ryan’s on-screen father Tony Stewart, and made his exit back in November.
Ryan’s explained that it was Terence who inspired him, telling OK!: ‘One of the main reasons it came around is probably a lot to do with Tez, who plays my dad.
‘I felt like I was working with a movie star and I was doing something that wasn’t Coronation Street when I was working with him. And I want a taste of something new and I want a different experience.
‘I feel like it’s a bubble, this show. It’s the best bubble in the world and I feel like now is the time. It’s just time to pop that bubble, test myself and take myself out of my comfort zone a little bit.’
Despite being so sure it’s time for his Corrie journey to come to an end, Ryan’s still found filming his final scenes pretty emotional.
He continues: ‘I’ve cried twice. The first time was when I picked up the script, and that caught me off guard. It was the first time it hit me, and the first time I realised I was leaving.
‘I looked at Sue [Cleaver, who plays his mum Eileen] and just – I’m getting a little tingle of it now – goose pimples… I grew up with these people so it’s real. I was even saying: “Have we overplayed this?”
‘I’ve learned so much from them. I’ve grabbed a little bit from all of them. I will take that with me on the next part of the journey.’
Aw. Good luck, Ryan!