Thomas Cook collapse is "karma" says EastEnders’ Shane Richie

EastEnders star Shane Richie has described Thomas Cook going bust as "karma".

The actor tweeted his views about the travel company's collapse this morning – just hours after the shock announcement was made.

It comes as the sudden closure has put 20,000 jobs at risks and led to an estimated 150,000 holidaymakers being stranded abroad.

The tweet – which was dubbed "disgusting" by a follower – follows the telly star threatening to sue Thomas Cook last year.

At the time, Richie spoke out about a 'holiday from hell' last year where he allegedly complained about having to "queue for eggs."

And the 55-year-old dubbed his two-week family holiday to the five-star Moon Palace Resort in Mexico 'f***ing horrendous'.

He said: “It was a holiday from hell. It cost thousands. It was supposed to be a holiday of a lifetime," the 55 year old told The Sun of the luxe resort which was recommended to him by a friend.

"I was taking my in-laws for 17 nights. It was my worst nightmare. It was f***ing horrendous. I got spanked by them.”

The irate actor also complained that guests 'kept taking pics of him' and claimed holidaymakers raced for sunbeds from the crack of dawn.

And that non-partying soured the experience for the father-of-five and his family.

At the time, he complained: “At just 10.30am in the morning we were all sat by the luxury pool and there was a DJ on with drum and bass.

"They didn’t mention that in the programme when we were booking it. Loads of things happened.”

Following the star's tweet this morning, gutted holidaymakers Helen Evans, 50, and her husband Jonathan, 47, have spoken out after discovering that they would not make their holiday to Corfu.

The disappointed couple, who had travelled from Llanelli, Wales, were staying in a hotel near Bristol Airport when they discovered the news.

And NHS worker Helen and carpenter Jonathan – who booked their trip in June – could lose an estimated £900 due to the shock collapse.

Helen said: "We haven't had a romantic holiday without our kids just the two of us in about 20 years, so we'd really been looking forward to getting away together and we're totally gutted.

"We spent a good £900 on a Corfu package holiday, and now we're just back in the car and returning home, absolutely devastated."

Following the actor's complaint last year, a Thomas Cook spokesman said they had offered to move the family to another hotel.

He said: “We always want our customers to enjoy their holidays so we’re disappointed Mr Richie didn’t like the hotel he asked us to book for him.

"We did everything we could to help in resort, including complementary upgrades and an offer to move to the premium hotel next door.

"Given the circumstances we can’t justify a full refund so sadly this has become a legal issue.”

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