A BBC spokesperson announced on Tuesday afternoon (1 April) that Ricky, who plays Fatboy, had been suspended for two months with immediate effect.
In a statement, a representative told ITV: "Ricky would like to apologise to EastEnders' viewers for any offence caused and for bringing the show into disrepute."
Ricky, 28, has been a member of the cast since 2010.
Trouble started over the weekend when it was reported that a Skype video clip had emerged allegedly showing the actor performing a sex act while smoking marijuana.
According to The Sun, the clip was eight minutes long and being offered for sale to X-rated websites. A source claimed the woman Ricky was chatting to is a "stunning glamour girl" who'd met him online as she was a big Enders fan.
After news of the video began circulating online - and still images were published in The Sun - a spokesperson for EastEnders confirmed the soap would be meeting with Ricky to discuss the incident.
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