Emmerdale confirms star ‘isn’t coming back’ following bombshell exit after 18 years

Emmerdale has confirmed David Metcalfe’s (played by Matthew Wolfenden) future on the ITV soap following his sudden exit last year.

The shopkeeper fled Emmerdale in November after learning his son Jacob Gallagher (Joe Warren Plant) was in a relationship with his ex Victoria Sugden (Isabel Hodgins).

During Tuesday night’s episode, Jacob was crushed to learn his dad was never coming home.

Meanwhile, Victoria’s guilt has been eating her up as she realised how many people are unhappy with her romance with Jacob.

Fans have been missing David and wondered if he’d be returning to the soap in the future, but all became clearer on tonight’s episode.

In an emotional chat, Jacob told his grandad Eric Pollard (Chris Chittell): “I know what you’re going to say but you don’t need to look so worried.”

“This is great actually because I can apologise properly,” he continued: “I can make everything better, I can tell him how much I’ve missed him.”

However, Eric explained to the youngster: “He is not coming back. He has decided to stay a lot longer with Priya.”

“How much longer?” Jacob asked before Eric replied: “Forever.”

In a panic, Jacob told his mother Leyla Harding (Roxy Shahidi) : “I’ll ring dad and ask him to reconsider, I’ll remind him that he promised grandad that he’d be back.”

However, she said while pointing at the for sale sign on David’s cottage: “Jacob if there was any way that David was going to change his mind, that wouldn’t be there.

“He’s clearly decided to start a life somewhere where there’s no bad memories.”

Leyla added: “I hope you and Victoria will be very happy living together. I think I’d prefer to find a place by myself. You’ve made your choice.”

Jacob will have to live with his decision to get romantically involved with Victoria behind David’s back.

Will he end up breaking up with her and begging David to return to Emmerdale so they can mend their relationship?

Emmerdale airs on weeknights at 7.30pm on ITV and ITVX.

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