Chris Fountain has released a statement after having his contract at ITV's Coronation Street terminated.
"[I am] deeply sorry. 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."
Coronation Street actor, Chris Fountain, says he is deeply ashamed of his rap video which he recorded a year ago and features violent language and references to rape.
The Bradford-born actor has been suspended from the soap after the video emerged online.
Here is an excerpt from the video which has been censored. ITV Calendar has chosen not to publish the entire recording, as some of the language is deemed too offensive. You may find some of the following content disturbing.
Bradford-born actor, Chris Fountain says he is deeply ashamed after being suspended from Coronation Street for an offensive rap video he recorded. The rap includes lyrics referring to violence and rape.
"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."