A former Bedford schoolboy turned American TV show host has been praised for his expletive-filled tirade against the terrorists behind the Paris attacks.
Comedian John Oliver, who was taught at Mark Rutherford School, delivered an onslaught of obscenities on his HBO show Last Week Tonight.
At the start of Sunday night’s show, Mr Oliver took advantage of the channel’s relaxed swearing policy and said: “After the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I’d like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity … it’s hardly been 48 hours but there are a few things we can say for certain.
“First, as of now, we know this attack was carried out by gigantic f****** arseholes … possibly working with other f****** arseholes, definitely working in service of an ideology of pure a*********.
“Second, and this goes almost without saying, f*** these a********.”
Mr Oliver flung profanities at the attackers during three days of national mourning in respect of the 129 people killed on Friday.
He defended French values - and wished “luck” on the terrrorists at war with the country’s culture.
He said: “And, third, it is important to remember, nothing about what these a******** are trying to do is going to work.
“France is going to endure and I’ll tell you why. If you are in a war of culture and lifestyle with France, good f****** luck. Go ahead, bring your bankrupt ideology. They’ll bring Jean-Paul Sartre, Edith Piaf, fine wine, Gauloise cigarettes, Camus, camembert, madeleines, macarons, and the f****** croquembouche. You just brought a philosophy of rigorous self-abnegation to a pastry fight, my friend.”
In the wake of the tragedy, Parisians have since praised the former Putnoe pupil for using humour to “bring a smile” to their faces.
One said: “His speech about the Paris attacks on Last Week Tonight Sunday perfectly toed the line between comedy and tragedy, and his harsh words about the Paris attackers are just what we — and France — needed to hear.”