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Coro Street’ star faces chop

Coronation Street’ star Bruce Jones faces the axe from his $360,000-a-year job after he launched into a drunken racist tirade at a charity auction. The actor, who plays Les Battersby, left the 180-strong $200-a-head guests speechless when he joked that a group of Asian guests at the fundraising dinner were “only wanting a passport” and would flog the lots they bought on their “market stalls”. An insider at the charity bash says, “He was getting more and more drunk and then he dragged ex-oanchester City player Tommy Booth on stage to help him. Suddenly he started insulting the Asian people. Tommy looked mortified, but Bruce ploughed on like an idiot.” Days after the incident, Bruce was hauled over the coals by the soap’s producers in a tense meeting. The 53-year-old says he is ashamed about his racist outburst and blames his behaviour on a booze binge, sparked by his father’s death the evening prior to the auction. [4 December 2006]

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