A writer has apologised to Star Trek icon George Takei after suggesting he was paid to come up with jokes for the actor's popular Facebook.com page.

Takei boasts a huge following on the social networking site, with millions of users logging in to look at the star's humorous daily postings.

However, the page, which has 4.1 million 'likes', came under scrutiny when comedy writer Rick Polito claimed he was paid $10 (£6) to ghostwrite jokes for the actor.

Polito has now clarified his comments, and reached out to the Tv veteran to say sorry, explaining, "I don't update his page. I've had no direct contact with George. I've sent him some memes, as have other comedian types, and I was happy for the exposure."

Takei adds in a statement to Wired.com: "What is this hoo-ha about my Fb (Facebook) posts? I have Brad (Altman), my husband, to help me and interns to assist. What is important is the reliability of my posts being there to greet my fans with a smile or a giggle every morning. That's how we keep on growing."