Kevin Smith has been kicked off a plane - for being too fat.

The 39-year-old director-and-actor - who played Silent Bob in his 'Clerks' movies and who has battled his weight for years - usually buys two tickets to accommodate his bulk but was only able to get one seat when on standby for a Southwest Airlines Oakland-to-Burbank, California flight, only one seat remained.

Although he had been seated, he was asked to leave the aircraft.

The director later posted on twitter: "I broke no regulation, offered no 'safety risk' what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger? I saw someone bigger than me on THAT flight! But I wasn't about to throw a fellow Fatty under the plane as I'm being profiled. But he and I made eye contact, and he was like 'Please don't tell!'

"You messed with the wrong sedentary processed-foods eater!"

Southwest Airlines later released a statement saying the filmmaker had been asked to leave for the "safety and comfort of all customers" and said they had called Kevin to offer their "heartfelt apologies".

However, Kevin - who was given a $100 voucher and arrived in Burbank on a later flight - was in no mood for forgiveness.

After landing, he tweeted: "Don't worry: wall of the plane was opened and I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised."