Former X Factor winner Shayne Ward has apologised for comments he made about being from Manchester.
Appearing as a guest on This Morning to talk about his new role in Coronation Street, when asked where he would be now if he had not been in the X Factor, he commented: "Being from Manchester, probably in prison."
TV host Phillip Schofield replied: " I'm from Oldham and I take great exception to that."
Ward took to Twitter to apologise, saying: "Ha my 'prison' answer was a joke. Please don't be offended. Little Sense of humour...Don't read into things."
He apologised after his comments drew a mixed reaction on Social Media.
Some fans were not pleased, with one writing: "@itvthismorning Oh dear Shayne Ward. Shame on you.'Coming from Manchester I'd end up in prison'. Tut tut."
Another was angrier quoting bits of his interview and commenting: "I was at my Mum's...yes I still stay there" of course you do Shayne Ward - until recently you were unemployed #thismorning."
Other fans stood up for him, with one fan group writing: "Technically he joked and said 'he probably would have' he didn't say he definitely would be or speak for others."
Ward will be appearing in Corrie as Michelle's distant cousin Aidan Connor, and starts filming in early June.
He cleared up reports that he was set to play Sarah Harding's love interest, saying: " That's not true at all."
Ward did not reveal a lot about his character, saying "You have to wait and see" when asked if he'll be 'a baddie or not...'.
Talking about music he said: " I'm releasing the second single very soon... It's a balancing act with such a heavy schedule on Coronation Street, but the fans know that I will be creating a couple of shows in the summer... I'm very excited."
Ward will appear on screen in Coronation Street in August.