Coronation Street viewers left baffled after axed Todd Grimshaw's hasty exit... following actor Bruno Langley's conviction for sexual assault
He was axed from the soap in October amid a police investigation into sexual assault, and in November he pleaded guilty to groping two women.
And Coronation Street fans have said goodbye to Todd Grimshaw in a hasty exit scene, after writers scrambled to write around actor Bruno Langley's axing from the soap.
Viewers took to Twitter in confusion at the final scene, which saw Todd apparently flee Weatherfield with adopted daughter Summer off-screen.
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Hasty: Coronation Street's Todd Grimshaw made his exit from the soap in Friday night's double bill, fleeing the street off-screen after actor Bruno Langley was axed from the soap
In the scene, which aired in the second part of Friday's double bill, fans saw Todd's mum Eileen (Sue Cleaver) standing in the street with Summer (Matilda Freeman), as a car screeches to a halt on the pavement.
A dubbed voice, meant to be Todd's, tells Summer to get in the car before speeding away, leaving Eileen baffled as to where her son was going.
Fans were baffled by the scene, with some unaware this was to be Todd's exit, while others were disappointed at the character's conclusion.
One tweeted: 'So was that how they get rid of #Todd in #Corrie - A faceless voice in a car telling Summer to get in with his mother confirming it's him.'
Baffling: Viewers were left dumbfounded by Todd's hasty exit, which saw him pull up off screen and drive away from the street with adopted daughter Summer
Uncertain: While sources revealed viewers will learn more about Todd's exit in coming episodes, others still took to Twitter in confusion as to what had happened
Is that it? Viewers were left baffled by Todd's 'exit' with some unaware it would be his final scene
Another wrote: 'I'm guessing that's Todd's last episode and we will not be seeing him again.'
The Sunday People also reported earlier this month that Todd fled the UK after punching a police officer off-screen, with Bruno's last on-screen appearance seeing him accept a phonecall while watching a carol service in the local church.
Considering Todd's vicar beau Billy had just confessed to killing Peter Barlow's mum Susan, perhaps this led to his violent turn.
Dramatic: In the scene Todd's mum Eileen (Sue Cleaver) was left as Todd sped away with Summer in the car
Tense: Earlier in the scene Summer told Eileen she was supposed to be meeting her grandmother, who has returned to the Street
The shamed actor, who has played Todd for 16 years, was pulled from filming for the soap in October after a woman complained to ITV that he had sexually assaulted her on a night out.
A source told MailOnline: 'Bruno's contract ended on October 26th following an internal inquiry which is separate to any police investigation.
'He has not filmed any scenes since the inquiry started, but scenes featuring Bruno will continue to be screened until December 24th. Storylines beyond this point have been rewritten.'
Final bow: Todd's exit was hastily rewritten after Bruno was axed from the soap in October, with sources saying his character would go on the run
Dramatic: The Sunday People reported earlier this month that Todd's exit would be explained more in a later episode
Bruno pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault at a hearing in November, and was given a 12-month community order, including 40 days of rehabilitation activity and to submit to a curfew.
The actor offered a tearful apology for his actions, and has since said he is attending therapy session and alcoholic anonymous meetings.
He told The Sunday Mirror: 'I've been living way too fast for too long... My drinking had escalated. The wheels fell off.
'I wasn't particularly happy... I've started going to see a counsellor and been attending AA meetings and that's helped.'
Moving forward: Bruno was found guilty of sexual assault in November, and was given a 12-month community order, including 40 days of rehabilitation activity
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