Following the confirmation that Chris Fountain's contract with Coronation Street has been terminated, it has now been claimed that the soap have already written the actor, who played the role of Tommy Duckworth, out.
Claiming that viewers will see his exit when he heads to the airport after having an argument with girlfriend Tina McIntyre, played by Michelle Keegan, the Daily Star went on to allege that a last minute scenes was added yesterday.
Appearing to know what Jack P Shepherd (David Platt) says to confirm Fountain's exit, the paper went on to claim David telling Tina: "Tommy proper kicked off. He packed a bag and went off to the airport.”
A rep for Coronation Street has been approached for comment.
Chris Fountain has been axed from Coronation Street (WENN)
Fountain was initially suspended from the soap when a video of himself as his alter ego, The Phantom, surfaced with him rapping about violence and rape. However, it was confirmed yesterday that the show's bosses decided to terminate his contract.
Confirming his departure from the soap, an ITV spokesperson 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.”
Apologising once again in a statement released yesterday, RTE quoted the actor saying:
"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."
Sincerely sorry for hurting his family and friends, Fountain who has also appeared in Hollyoaks, added:
"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. 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.
"I just want to apologise from the bottom of my heart to everyone who I have offended or upset. 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."