Coronation Street star Jamie Kenna has shared a message as he filmed his final scenes as Phill Whittaker on the show.
Phill and Fiz Stape recently tied the knot on the ITV soap, though things didn’t last very long after the latter realised that she still loved Tyrone Dobbs, and subsequently reunited with her ex.
Following on from that, things escalated between Fiz and her now-husband, with Phill threatening to go to war over divorce proceedings. However, he has since signed the annulment.
Speaking in a video from the cobbles set posted by the soap, Jamie paid tribute to the show upon his exit as he thanked the fans for their support.
“Hello guys, hello all you amazing, amazing loyal Coronation Street fans. It’s Jamie here,” he began. “I’m stood outside the antique shop where it all began a year ago, where I walked in, hid behind that wardrobe and first laid my eyes on Fiz, and fell head over heels.
“But sadly, as we now know, I couldn’t keep them apart any longer, and the modern day Jack and Vera are reunited. And I feel so honoured to have played my part in that.
Praising his co-stars, Jamie continued: “Jennie [McAlpine] and Alan [Halsall] are the best people to work with. I’ve been so, so lucky.
“I just wanted to come on here and say a massive thank you for the love and support for me and Phill over this last year. I’ve had an absolutely blast. I love this place, I love this show, what a ride it’s been for big Phill with 2 Ls!
“Who knows, maybe it isn’t the end, maybe they’ll bring him back,” he teased. “But for now, it’s a massive goodbye from me and again sending loads of love and thank you to everyone here at Corrie, to all of you guys for tuning in, watching and giving me support.
“Without you and without these guys at Corrie, there’s no way I would’ve stayed for as long as I have. So I’m so grateful for all of that. Look after yourselves.
“Keep watching this brilliant show, keep this brilliant show alive, because it really is the absolute bedrock of British television, Canadian television, all over the world – it’s just iconic.
“So keep it alive. Look after yourselves, stay safe, and I will see you somewhere down the road. Lots of love.”
Jamie later shared the clip on his own Instagram page, writing: “The Sad news is out!”, later adding: “I’m gutted but all good things come to an end! Thanks for all your love & support!”
Coronation Street airs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV and streams on the ITV Hub.