Chris Fountain, best known to fans of Coronation Street as Tommy Duckworth, has today been sacked from the soap after it emerged last week that he had used lyrics threatening rape and violence in an online rap video.
An ITV statement confirmed “Chris Fountain’s contract with ITV has been terminated as a result of the unacceptable comments he made in a number of online clips.”
Fountain was suspended from the show on Friday after the emergence of the video in which he is seen performing as his rap alter ego The Phantom.
Wearing a Halloween mask, Fountain raps “I will f**k anybody up in the worst way, rape a bitch on her birthday.
“I’m a motherf**king demon, I’ll stab you in the face with a diseased needle.”
The 25-year-old actor released his own statement apologising for the song and saying he was “deeply ashamed” of the offensive content.
“I would like to sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused,” said the statement. “I am deeply ashamed by the lyrics and very much regret my behaviour. The videos were made over a year ago when I was experimenting with music and I’ve not done anything like it since nor will I.”
While ITV bosses considered Fountain’s fate last week, they made the decision not to cut scenes featuring him from the soap. Whether he will appear into tonight’s episode is not yet clear.
The revelations about Fountain only add to Coronation Street’s recent behind-the-scenes woes. Michael Le Vell, who plays Kevin Webster, has not appeared in the soap since February when he was charged with child sex offences, while William Roache, aka long-serving Weatherfield resident Ken Barlow, was suspended in May after being arrested on suspicion of raping a 15-year-old schoolgirl in 1967.