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Corrie star Chris Fountain is sacked
8:12pm Monday 19th August 2013 in News
Bradford actor Chris Fountain has been fired from Coronation Street after rapping online about rape, ITV revealed tonight.
Mr Fountain, of Wibsey, who played Tommy Duckworth had his contract terminated because of “unacceptable comments”.
The 25-year-old was suspended from the show last week after his online alter-ego The Phantom was revealed.
An ITV spokesman said: “Chris Fountain's contract with ITV has been terminated as a result of the unacceptable comments he made in a number of online clips.”
In a statement tonight Mr Fountain said: “I completely understand that ITV had no choice but to terminate my contract today. I have had two wonderful years playing Tommy Duckworth with only happy memories of my time on Coronation Street.
“I am mortified that I have brought so much embarrassment to my colleagues and employers these last few days. My biggest regret however is not to do with losing my job, but that I have hurt and let down so many people including those in a vulnerable situation and I am so very deeply ashamed of this.
“I am also mortified to have put my mother, grandad and girlfriend through the last few days which they are hurt and bewildered by and so do not deserve. I am so sorry.
“Once again to everyone who I have let down and hurt. I am deeply sorry.”