Belfast Telegraph

Manford sorry for Twitter messages

One Show host Jason Manford has apologised after it was revealed he exchanged a series of Twitter messages with a female fan.

The married comedian, 29, shared private messages with Debra McNamee, 22, after she contacted him through the social networking site.

Father-of-two Manford said: "I can see now that what started out as a bit of messing about and having a laugh on Twitter has been misjudged and I'd like to apologise to anyone that this has offended as that was the last thing I ever intended to do."

According to reports, the presenter, who hosts BBC One's flagship show, received two pictures of Ms McNamee, including a close-up of herself wearing a lacy bra.

She told The Sun newspaper: "When I first sent a message to him I thought he would never reply. Famous people never do and I was surprised when he got in touch. At first he just asked me about my dog and and what I was up to and things like that. But after a while it started to get a bit more flirty."

The paper said that Manford, whose wife Catherine is expecting their third child next month, was first contacted by Ms McNamee on October 22. A day after it said he sent her a private message and asked her to send him a photo.

Manford took over presenting The One Show from Adrian Chiles in July and works alongside Welsh co-host Alex Jones. He is an avid user of Twitter and has more than 200,000 followers.

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