Chris Fountain sacked by Corrie after this ‘rape rap’
OVER in Yorkshire, there’s a fall-down funny group of rappers called SY Cypher. They freestyle in a self deprecating manner, often threatening to shoot each other with guns they clearly don’t have. Their videos have been hilarious and canny, but alas, no more.
The group had to make all their videos private after they got much more attention than they bargained for, after Coronation Street/Hollyoaks alumni Chris Fountain decided to get in on the act. Appearing masked as ‘The Phantom’, Fountain did a lousy rap with a heap of crass jokes, which regrettably included something about rape.
Now, it is safe to assume Chris Fountain isn’t trying to promote rape, going to indulge in rape or likes anything about rapes… however, he should’ve known that you shouldn’t be using rape as a platform for a joke when you’re in the public eye and on a well-paying soap that is going to sack you for giving them a bad rep.
The actor had already been suspended and he’d issued a statement saying he was “deeply ashamed by the lyrics“, however, last night an ITV spokeswoman confirmed he was getting the sack.
“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.
“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. 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, granddad 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.”
Coronation Street bosses added-in a scene, last-minute, to get rid of Fountain’s character.
To hear the rap, check the video below: