10:00 pm, Mon 19 Aug 2013
In a statement former Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain has said the lyrics features in videos posted online were the product of "a moment of madness."
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.
9:57 pm, Mon 19 Aug 2013
Chris Fountain said in a statement he was "deeply sorry" for the foul-mouthed rant.
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.
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.
– Chris Fountain
6:37 pm, Mon 19 Aug 2013
The Daily Mirror's deputy TV editor Mark Jefferies reports that Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain could be seen in the soap for up to eight weeks after his sacking:
6:22 pm, Mon 19 Aug 2013
Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain has had his contract cancelled. The former Hollyoaks star posted several video which featured raps with themes of violence and rape.
Watch an excerpt of his rap video at ITV News Calendar
Chris Fountain posted raps with themes of violence and rape.
ITV called the videos "unacceptable."
Read more: Chris Fountain fired after 'unacceptable comments'
6:11 pm, Mon 19 Aug 2013
The Sun is reporting that Coronation Street has sacked actor Chris Fountain
after he admitted posting offensive songs on YouTube as a masked rapper called The Phantom: