Corrie star Chris Fountain has 'blown career' for the next five years – Daily TV round-up

Sources say the online rapping which saw him sacked has damaged his future.

Axed 'Coronation Street' star Chris Fountain has rendered himself 'unemployable' for the next five years, according to sources at ITV.

The actor, who played Tommy Duckworth, was taken off the show after it emerged he had posted videos of himself rapping about rape and violence on YouTube under the pseudonym 'The Phantom'.

It's now thought that it could seriously affect the 25-year-old actor's career for the foreseeable future.

A source from ITV told the Daily Star: “The decision taken [to sack Fountain] 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.”

The paper reports a BBC source as adding: “His phone won’t be ringing with offers, that’s for sure. What on earth was he thinking?”

After it had emerged Fountain had recorded the clips, ITV took rapid action, firing him from the show.

“Chris Fountain’s contract with ITV has been terminated as a result of the unacceptable comments he made in a number of online clips," read a statement.

He later apologised for making the videos, which he did so over a year ago.

“I completely understand that ITV had no choice but to terminate my contract today,” he said.

“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.” [Daily Star/Metro]

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