MARRIED At First Sight's Thomas Hartley has threatened to call police after receiving abuse from threatening fans online.
The 31-year-old star previously caused a storm of controversy online after made a joke about his co-star's late father during a podcast appearance.
The Scouse star upset many members of the cast by making a joke about Jenna's dad when he appeared on the What's Happening in Comedy podcast.
His co-star's father died during Covid and was unable to walk her down the aisle on the show, and Thomas has since issued a grovelling apology.
He said there was "no excuse" for his behaviour and said he will live "eternally with regret" over his comments.
He said: “I sincerely apologise for any offence I caused on the podcast. It wasn’t right, and I did ask for it to be removed, and it wasn’t.
“I take full responsibility and honestly completely regret the situation and what I said. I am honestly so sorry for any pain caused to anyone… There’s no excuse. I was out of order massively. I will live eternally with regret.”
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“I think it’s important to start by saying this podcast is about dark comedy, and it’s safe to say after the reaction from people, death threats, accusations and the band wagoning, it’s safe to say I’ve had some very dark thoughts,” he wrote.
“I have already apologised, but the damage is done and for those personally affected by the podcast, I am extremely sorry. The lines between comedy and insensitivity were massively blurred. I was genuinely too comfortable and said the complete wrong thing.
“To the trolls, those threatening my family and friends, you should be ashamed of yourselves. I’m taking a break from social media for a few days.”
But despite a promised break, the Married At First Sight UK personality recently took to social media again to say he is still struggling to deal with the abuse he is receiving from trolls online in the aftermath of his comments.
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Taking to his Instagram stories, he wrote: "My messages are turned off. They won't be getting turned back on. You can message me on cameo, or business enquiries through the business email."
He continued: "If you are following or unfollowing, I don't need an explanation, however if you want me to block you, just comment something abusive"
The reality star added: "however if it is inciting hate or threatening, it will be reported to the police".
On the popular social experiment, the former mental health worker, 31, found lasting friendship rather than love with his groom, Adrian Sanderson.
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This comes as his co-star Jenna Robinson has broken her silence after Thomas' comments on the podcast.
Jenna has spoken out to thank fans who reached out to her and admitting she was 'struggling' after Thomas' comments.
The lesbian reality star, who is still with bride Zoe Clifton after they 'wed' on the E4 show, took to social media this afternoon following the scandal.
She wrote on her Instagram stories: "Thank you to those of you who have reached out to check in on me
"It really means a lot. Honestly, I'm struggling a little with what I've heard.
"And although for them, it's a laughable joke at my expense, I'm now having to deal with the aftermath of my family potentially hearing what I've heard, and I'm trying my best to prevent that from happening."
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