Celebrity Big Brother 2013: Sacked Coronation Street star Chris Fountain going in? Insider says, “He’ll use the show to explain himself & try to rebuild his career!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is a trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, BGT and I'm A Celeb.


  1. granny di on August 21, 2013 at 10:59 am

    He did something foolish, he apologised and unfortunately I’m not surpised by his sacking. The Coronation Street bosses are worried that it could bring them into disrespect. I think they should have just have suspended him and written him out for a while. I hope he does go into CBB and get his side across. It was obviousley a stupid thing to do and he should have known better but he regrets it.
    As for William Roache and Michael Le Vell I don’t think they would be allowed to go into CBB this year with their court cases still pending but I hope they get chance to appear next year if they are cleared.

    I think all of this hounding of people in the public eye is getting out of hand. I thought that in the UK people were innocent until proven guilty. If found guilty they will be punished but if they are innocent some people will always say ‘There’s no smoke without fire’ and their image will be forever tarnished.

    With all of these people I reserve my judgement until after all the evidence has been reviewed and the verdict is in. I just wish others would do the same.

  2. Sarah Green on August 21, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Chris Fountain apologised and was sacked from Coronation Street, not being given a chance.
    Chris is lovely-I have met him twice. He has also been a big support to me when I thought my mum’s breast cancer had returned. He sent me a lovely message seconds after he had read what I wrote to him.
    I have been sexually assaulted and he actually gives me hope in males because he is such a lovely person.I hope to find someone as amazing as him one day.

  3. Karen on August 23, 2013 at 9:03 am

    It was correct for Corrie bosses to sack him. What he did was stupid and as granny di says there is no smoke without fire. Unfortunately there are a good few nice and supportive people who have a horrible dark side too and he has proven to be one of them. It’s very odd that that’s the hat-trick of Corrie stars who have pulled up like this with sexually motivated crimes or allegations of crime or wrongful actions – would you believe it. As for his being in CBB that is a big fat WRONG.

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