Sacked Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain is “mortified” over the hip-hop videos that lost him his job.
Fountain was fired from his role as Tommy Duckworth in the UK soap after a series of offensive clips came to light.
Shot a year ago, they see Fountain adopt the alter-ego of ‘The Phantom’ and spit out a series of sexually explicit rhymes, some threatening rape.
After an initial suspension, Fountain was fired yesterday (August 19) over his “unacceptable” behavior.
Now Fountain has said in a statement: “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, granddad and girlfriend through the last few days which they are hurt and bewildered by and so do not deserve. I am so sorry.
“The lyrics that appeared online were influenced by a style of hip hop that I was experimenting with at a private freestyle session and blurted out in a moment of madness. There is absolutely no excuse – I take complete responsibility for my actions – but they were in no way thought out or represent at all my attitude towards women, rape and violence.”
The extremely NSFW material can be viewed below.