Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson doesn’t have a reputation as the most tactful individual on Earth. He’s notorious for saying stupid things, and people are often silly enough to be offended by them. Clarkson’s bosses at the BBC aren’t laughing, however, with a new report saying that the motoring presenter is on his “last warning” with the broadcaster after his latest racial episode.
Clarkson was hauled before BBC management last week after reportedly being heard using the “N-” word in the classic rhyme, Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.
The host was reportedly using the rhyme to choose between two cars and used the slur in the line “catch a N- by the toe”. He later changed it to “teacher” for the broadcast.
Clarkson insists he didn’t use the slur in his weekly UK column, adding that despite his assertions, he’s on his last warning with the BBC:
I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive, remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked
He posted an apology video, above, in which he straight-facedly apologises. He claims he did three takes and “mumbled where the offensive word would occur”. He added that “if you listen very closely with the sound turned all the way up, it sounds like [he] was using the word [he] was trying to avoid”, adding that he was “mortified”.
This isn’t the first time Clarkson has been in trouble for a slur. The first time he and Richard Hammond made it to Australia, Clarkson landed in hot water for calling the then-British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, a “one-eyed Scottish idiot”. Brown actually does have sight problems, forcing Clarkson to apologise to both the disabled, and the Scottish.
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