Over on Primetime we’ve been reporting on the scandal that’s rocked Coronation Street actor Chris Fountain – who plays Tommy Duckworth – since it was revealed by a tabloid newspaper that he’d recorded a series of rap songs in which he sang about committing acts of rape and violence…
With his face disguised by an assortment of masks, and while calling himself The Phantom, Chris – who formerly starred in Hollyoaks – recorded the tracks with a Yorkshire band over a year ago, however, the lyrics were so controversial that Coronation Street bosses felt they had no choice but to dismiss him over the debacle.
And this morning, it’s been reported in the Daily Star that the actor may now become an eleventh hour signing to go into the Celebrity Big Brother house when the new series launches tomorrow night.
It’s further reported that bookmakers are taking bets on other currently suspended Corrie stars Michael Le Vell and Bill Roache – who play the roles of Kevin Webster and Ken Barlow respectively – going into the house.
But first, of the likelihood that Fountain may star in the show, the paper adds, “After an admission of wrong-doing and a full apology, he was said to be ready to go on CBB.
“A new series starts tomorrow night on Channel 5 and yesterday bookies Coral were offering odds of 4-1 that he would make a shock appearance.”
A betting industry source remarked, “There are rumours that he will use the show to explain himself and try to rebuild his career.
“Money has gone on him to do so. There’s obviously something going on behind the scenes.”
Of the possibility that Roache and Le Vell may also take part in CBB, a show insider said, “Big Brother could be the perfect place for them to engage with the public again.”
But getting back to Chris having been sacked from the ITV soap, it’s reported that he’s “devastated” as is his girlfriend Jessica Derrick, who took to Twitter to say, “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”
A friend of Jessica’s said, “She is in bits over this…
“There is no way she would be with him for a second if she thought those were his genuine views towards rape and violence.
“It was prankster stuff among friends and was foolish and thoughtless maybe, but not evil.
“Everyone is certain this will be a blip in his career rather than a wrecking ball.’’
Meanwhile, a Corrie source added, “Chris is really angry at being sacked.
“He feels he has been hung out to dry. He kept saying: ‘It was a year ago.’
“Chris offered to make a donation or visit to a rape crisis centre but neither of those things were listened to.
“Deep down he thinks another reason he was sacked was because they’d had enough of his character.”
Do you think it’s likely Chris would go into the house so soon after the debacle occurred?
Let us know, but for now, here’s a look at a news report about the drama…