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Adam Thomas quits Emmerdale for £100,000 panto role - report

The 28-year-old soap star is said to have been offered several roles in theatre shows, with one rumoured to earn him a staggering £100,000.

Adam Thomas has reportedly quit his role in Emmerdale after bosses gave him an ultimatum about his planned pantomime appearance.

The 28-year-old soap star is said to have been offered several roles in theatre shows, with one rumoured to earn him a staggering £100,000. However, after approaching bosses about taking some time off to do the show, Adam was apparently given an ultimatum. So now he has decided to leave the programme, after eight years of starring as Adam Barton in the Dales.

"The soap community is quite a small one and Adam had heard from stars on other shows that doing a panto run is a great little earner," a source told The Sun newspaper. "But ITV wasn’t happy with him wanting to do both and said he had to choose.

"Unfortunately for them, he’s decided to go with panto. He had some time off in 2016 to take part in I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! but it’s not sustainable long-term to keep giving him storylines that explains absences.

"It’s a great payday for him and he’s a popular character on Emmerdale, so the bosses had to let him make his decision in the hope he may come back in the future."

The news comes just two months after Adam's departure was initially rumoured. At the time, he did his best to deny the claims, tweeting: "Don’t believe everything you read, people."

He also addressed the claims during a chat with Digital Spy last week (27Apr17), when he told the outlet: "There is no truth behind it. I'm happy here, I'm staying here. Life is good here, so I don't want to move on just yet.

"Acting is my passion and my main thing. Obviously if something comes up, then it comes up, but I'll see what happens. But right now I want to stay here and I want to keep acting."

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