Published Tuesday, 20 August 2013
Coronation Street star Chris Fountain plays mechanic Tommy Duckworth (© ITV)
The 25-year-old was initially suspended from after he was 'unmasked' as alter-ego rapper The Phantom last week, but news broke on Monday evening that he had been sacked.
"I completely understand that ITV had no choice but to terminate my contract," Fountain 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."
The rap videos had been posted on YouTube, but are no longer available to view.
"The lyrics that appeared online were influenced by a style of hiphop that I was experimenting with at a private freestyle session and blurted out in a moment of madness," Fountain added.
"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."
My biggest regret 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.
Scenes featuring the actor as Tommy Duckworth which have already been filmed will not be edited out of the show, so he will appear on air in the coming days.
But it is understood that he has since been written out.
"I just want to apologise from the bottom of my heart to everyone who I have offended or upset," Fountain said in his statement.
"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."
An ITV spokesman simply 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."
A number of charities and support agencies have spoken out over the situation.
"He is a role model for young people," Fay Maxted, chief executive of the Survivors Trust - an umbrella agency for more than 135 specialist rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse support organisations - said last week.
"It almost seems like he's making a joke of something that really isn't funny."
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