Former Emmerdale star Shila Iqbal has opened up about being axed from the soap, after old tweets using racist language were dug up and shared online.

The actress played Aiesha Richards on the show, and had recently been promoted to a show regular, before bosses called her into a meeting and fired her.

Speaking to The Sun, she said: “I was expecting (a suspension) and I wanted them to do that. ITV have a moral obligation to protect the public and I get that. And that’s good to do that.”

Aiesha (Shila Iqbal) in Emmerdale

ITV

Beyond that, the actress stated she didn’t believe the show offered her much aftercare, and they only offered her time with a counsellor a couple of days after her firing.

She said: “I did think to myself, ‘could that offer have been two or three days too late in another person’s instance?’ I mean, it could have been. I’m trying to keep positive, that’s the only way, because if I hadn’t have kept positive, who knows?

“We are human at the end of the day, and I think the right strategies need to be in place to help people deal with that.”

Aiesha makes a fuss of Rishi in Emmerdale

ITV

A representation of the soap has denied her claims in a statement to Digital Spy, which reads: “We offered Shila Iqbal support when this situation happened. We asked her if there was anyone we could contact who could come in and support her, a relative or friend. We also said she could call any of us at any time.

“She repeatedly said she was fine and didn’t want any help. We also immediately contacted her agent who offered her advice and support.”

Emmerdale airs weeknights at 7pm on ITV.

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