Reports claiming that Danny Dyer is in trouble with his new bosses at EastEnders over a recent graphic response to homophobic tweets, have been denied by the BBC.
Danny was at the center of a new storyline on the BBC soap this week, with the January 3 episode seeing his onscreen son, Sam Strike's Johnny Carter, emotionally confess to dad Mick (Dyer) that he is gay, following encouragement from sister Nancy and aunt Shirley.
The storyline was met with a hugely positive response from viewers, with both Danny and Sam taking to Twitter in the hours after the episode aired to thank everyone for their support.
Dyer, who arrived on the soap on Christmas Day, posted to his 683,000 Twitter followers: "Thank u all so much for the love...overwhelming..hope the show tonight gives some people the confidence to be true to themselves & be happy. (sic)"
Danny Dyer and Sam Strike in EastEnders (BBC)
Strike put on his own page: "Thanks for the kind words, couldn't have imagined x" before retweeting a message from a fan who told the young actor that the scenes had encouraged him to come out to his own family.
There were some negative comments on Twitter though which led to Danny, who's not known for holding back, to post a graphic but hilarious response. You can see his pictogram here.
One tabloid report today (January 5) has claimed that the actor is now in trouble with his bosses for his outspoken response, but it seems EastEnders big wigs are supporting their new star with a spokesperson telling Digital Spy:
"There's no truth in the story that Danny will be getting a dressing down from bosses."