Shadowhunters star Dominic Sherwood says he’s “truly, truly sorry” for using a homophobic phrase.
He was heard in the background of a Facebook Live greeting his co-star, Matthew Daddario, with a gay slur.
Matthew, who plays a character who is gay in the show, told him to stop, telling him they were live talking to fans.
Dominic posted his apology on Instagram, describing his behaviour as “disgusting”.
In the video, Dominic says he holds himself “fully accountable” and that he wasn’t trying to “make excuses”.
Shadowhunters is a teen supernatural drama available on Netflix in the UK.
Dominic plays Jace Herondale and Matthew plays Alec Lightwood.
“I’m speaking to all of you today to hold myself accountable, and not to make any excuses in any way,” said Dominic.
“The way I behaved today was disgusting and abhorrent, and Matt’s reaction was absolutely correct. It was one of disgust.
“I think so many problematic phrases go unchallenged and they perpetrate negativity and hate and intolerance.
“And today I was a part of that and I am truly, truly sorry.
“Moving forward I will endeavour to make sure the words I use create love.”
But some people on Twitter weren’t happy about what happened, with some calling for the show to find a new actor to replace him.
to think that an actor who works on a show with SUCH important LGBT representation would even think to much less actually use such a horrible slur in casual conversation is absolutely revolting @ShadowhuntersTV @DomSherwood1 please address this
— 🌚✨ (@nastjakoh) November 28, 2017
#RecastJace #DomIsOverParty I would not wish for someone with such foul language and uses of homophobic slurs at ease be cast on such a popular show which is very LGBTQ+ supportive. Disappointed, angry and disgusted by his words. pic.twitter.com/U3sZfzVeHO
— Dani Torres (@Dani_Torres_02) November 28, 2017
There were fans supporting the actor saying he’d said sorry and deserved another chance.
I loved Dom yesterday, I love him now and I will love him tomorrow
We all are people
We all make mistakes
And pls don't say you don't, bcs you will fool yourself #weloveyoudom still #shadowhunters #DomSherwood #MatthewTakeover @DomSherwood1 pic.twitter.com/yOBZ87MEOt
— tolerant ania supports dominic sherwood (@katssoulmate) November 28, 2017
— Bethany (@shadowhuntrash) November 29, 2017
In Dominic’s video apology, he was seen standing beside Matthew.
When he finished speaking Matthew patted him on the back and had a message for fans of the show.
“I want you to know that we support you tremendously. It is a conversation that we have every day. It is something we work for every day.”