Jason Manford has defended an angry Facebook post attacking the "cowardly" murderers in the Paris terror attacks. The expletive-laden post led to his account being temporarily removed from the social media site.
While Manford's account has been reinstated, and the offending post deleted, a screengrab of the rant is being shared on Twitter.
The post began: "F*****g cowards. Slaughtering innocent unarmed people for what? Families and children enjoying life, theatre, meals? Not an army vs army you f*****g cowards."
It continued: "For what? In whose name? Are you doing this in the name of your god? Cos I've got news for you, if you think your 'god' is gonna reward you for this type of atrocity then your god is a massive c**t."
Manford continued: "I hope you are all caught and murdered in a similar agonising way you f*****g scumbags. You are an embarrassment to humanity and a s**t stain on all of humanity. You will never defeat us, we are too strong you utter bastards [sic]."
Another Twitter user branded him "Islamophobic".
"Exactly where have I been Islamophobic?" Manford replied. He then responded to someone else and said: "I'd say the same no matter what religion. My track record is proof enough I simply dislike extremists. As we all do."
He then went on to post: "You're obviously very upset so will leave you to it. I apologise if I caused you any more upset on such a horrible evening. xx"
A spokesman for Facebook said the company was unable to comment on individual issues.
Manford is a comedienne, best known for his appearances on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats and ITV's Odd One In.