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Shane Richie has been forced to apologise, after branding the shocking collapse of Thomas Cook 'karma', due to his unpleasant experience with the travel company.

As news of the world's oldest travel company's shuttering broke on Monday morning — resulting in the loss of hundreds of jobs and thousands of stranded British travellers — the EastEnders star took to Twitter to brand it 'karma'.

However, he returned to the micro-blogging site hours later to issue an apology, after he was hit with an avalanche of criticism from followers, a number of whom labelled his reaction to the news 'disgusting'.

Apology: Shane Richie was been forced to apologise, after branding the shocking collapse of Thomas Cook 'karma' on Monday

Apology: Shane Richie was been forced to apologise, after branding the shocking collapse of Thomas Cook 'karma' on Monday

He wrote: 'My comment was a dig at faceless management and not the thousands of employees who are sadly losing their jobs due to mismanagement.

'My thoughts are with the shop/ground staff who I’ve only admiration for ..there the ones who suffer today ..apologies if it read any other way xx.'

Meanwhile, a devastated groom named Thomas Cook has been left 'shattered' after his dream in Rhodes looks unlikely to go ahead after the collapse of the holiday company he shares a name with.

Mr Cook, 29, and his partner Amelia Binch, 27, are stuck on the Greek island after booking the £10,000 package with Thomas Cook.

They flew out on September 18 and are due to marry at the Lindos Princess hotel on September 27.

Thomas, 29, and his partner Amelia Binch, 27, (pictured) are stuck on the Greek island after booking a getaway and wedding package with Thomas Cook

Thomas, 29, and his partner Amelia Binch, 27, (pictured) are stuck on the Greek island after booking a getaway and package with Thomas Cook

Guests were due to fly out with Thomas Cook over the coming days, including the best man.

But the couple, from Hucknall, Nottinghamshire, have been told the might not go ahead, as the Thomas Cook package included the ceremony, flowers, cake, decorations and entertainment.

The pair, who have two young daughters together, Alice, five, and Lucy, seven, had flown out from East Midlands Airport with their parents and close family.

Guests were due to fly out with Thomas Cook over the coming days, including the best man. Pictured: The couple with their family

Guests were due to fly out with Thomas Cook over the coming days,

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