Fountain, who played Weatherfield mechanic Tommy Duckworth, was axed after Corrie chiefs learned about his secret double life as masked online rapper The Phantom.
His shocking lyrics included the lines: “I’m a nasty ****, I will punch you in the face and you look like you’ve been having some acupuncture cos my fist is lethal.
“I will f*** anybody up in the worst way, rape a b**** on her birthday.”
Apart from the obscene lyrics, the YouTube footage includes Fountain, 25, who joined Corrie two years ago, making stabbing motions and claiming he was bored with fame.
At least three cast members vowed not to work with him if bosses allowed him to return to the cobbles after being suspended.
The Bradford-born actor begged producer Stuart Blackman to give him one more chance – but the bad publicity generated by the rap sealed his fate. Last night sources at both ITV and the BBC said Fountain was “unemployable” and his showbiz career could virtually be finished.
One ITV executive said: “The decision taken was 100% the right one. He has blown it. If anyone takes a gamble on him in the next five years I will be very surprised.”
And a BBC source added: “His phone won’t be ringing with offers, that’s for sure. What on earth was he thinking?”
The industry experts say there will be no rapid career comeback like that of disgraced Blue Peter presenter Richard Bacon.
Bacon, 37, was sacked from the kids show in 1998 after a year on screen, following reports he had taken cocaine.
But he went on to work for The Big Breakfast and Capital FM before landing his current job anchoring BBC Radio 5 Live’s mid-afternoon slot. READ MORE