Ricky Norwood suspended from EastEnders
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 April 2014
Ricky Norwood has been suspended from 'EastEnders' by BBC bosses after he appeared naked and smoked marijuana in a raunchy online video which leaked at the weekend
Ricky Norwood has been suspended from 'EastEnders' after a video emerged of him smoking marijuana.
The 28-year-old actor - who plays Arthur 'Fatboy' Chubb - has been banned from filming for two months after BBC bosses decided to "take action" this morning (01.04.14).
A statement from 'EastEnders' said: "Ricky Norwood has been suspended from the show for a period of two 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."
Ricky hit the headlines at the weekend after the incriminating video - which is said to show the star performing a sex act as he smokes cannabis on Skype - leaked and was touted for sale to an X-rated website.
Ricky hasn't lost his job, but action needed to be taken given that he is seen as a role model on the family show.
A source said previously: "'EastEnders' is a family soap and the bosses don't tolerate any of this sort of behaviour.
"This is incredibly reckless by Ricky given his position on a BBC family soap. He's seen as a role model.
"It's made very clear to cast members that they have to behave, especially when it comes to sex and drugs."