It took an emotional toll

Ricky Norwood has opened up about the webcam sex scandal that saw him axed from EastEnders – and revealed the whole incident left him in a ‘deep depression’.

BBC bosses took action against the Celebrity Big Brother star, who played ‘Fatboy’ on the soap, after a video leaked online of Ricky performing a sex act while smoking a spliff-looking cigarette.

On tonight’s episode (18th August), Ricky reveals the emotional toll the whole incident took on his life.

Speaking to Renee about the scandal, he said: ‘There was a particular female that sold me out… I went into deep depression, I didn’t want to leave my house.

Ricky Norwood as FatBoy [BBC]

Ricky Norwood as FatBoy [BBC]

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‘I got suspended from my job for two months; I held my hands up. When it came to the end of the contract, it was the end of the contract. Normally I’d get a renewal… I was happy… I was only supposed to be there for three months, I was there just under six years.’

Once the video leaked online, a BBC spokesperson said: ‘Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of 2 months with immediate effect.

‘In addition, Ricky would like to apologise to EastEnders’ viewers for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute.’

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Since then the actor has kept himself mostly out of the public eye, until coming on the Celebrity Big Brother. Hopefully this whole show has helped him move on.

@TomCapon