Chris Fountain faces 5-year TV ban
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 September 2013
Chris Fountain could face a five-year TV ban after ITV and the BBC claimed he was virtually "unemployable" following his explicit rap videos of him glorying rape
Chris Fountain could face a five-year TV ban.
The former 'Coronation Street' actor - known for playing hunky mechanic Tommy Duckworth - was axed from the soap last week after explicit rap videos of him glorying rape were leaked online, but his showbiz career hangs in the balance after ITV and the BBC claimed he was virtually "unemployable" for at least half a decade.
An ITV executive told the Daily Star newspaper: "The decision taken was 100% the right one. He has blown it. If anyone takes a gamble on him in the next five years, I will be very surprised."
A BBC source added: "His phone won't be ringing with offers, that's for sure. What on earth was he thinking?"
The 25-year-old star joined the Cobbles in 2011 and his contract was not due to expire until February 2014, but ITV took immediate action and suspended him while they carried out further inquiries on the "vile" song, which was recorded over a year ago by Chris under the moniker of masked MC The Phantom.
Chris issued an immediate apology after the rap emerged, saying: "I would like to sincerely apologise for any offence I have caused.
"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."
However, despite his sudden admission of guilt, ITV decided they had "no choice" but to terminate his contract with immediate effect.