Clarkson 'horrified' by racist row

The Oxford Times: Jeremy Clarkson denied claims he used racist language Jeremy Clarkson denied claims he used racist language

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has said he is "horrified" that it sounded as though he used racist language while filming an episode and was "begging your forgiveness" for the fact it appeared he did.

Responding to claims that he used the n-word while reciting a nursery rhyme, Clarkson told his Twitter followers he had made every effort to make sure he did not use the slur, but realised it might have sounded as though he had.

In a video posted on his Twitter account tonight, he said: " I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe.

"Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word. And as I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact that obviously my efforts weren't quite good enough."

The segment was later edited out of the BBC broadcast.

The BBC also released a firm statement.

"Jeremy Clarkson has set out the background to this regrettable episode," the statement said.

"We have made it absolutely clear to him the standards the BBC expects on-air and off.

"We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this."

A solemn-looking Clarkson told his 3.3 million Twitter followers that when reciting the rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe..., he "mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur" in two takes, and used the word "teacher" in its place in a third.

"When I viewed this footage, several weeks later, I realised that if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear I actually used the word I was trying to obscure," he added of one of the first two takes.

He said the item was recorded a "couple of years ago" and he "did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the programme that was transmitted".

Clarkson added that he sent a note to the production office at the time, asking if there was another take that could be used.

The allegations were reported in today's Daily Mirror, which claimed the footage was studied by "audio forensic experts" who told them the star "can be heard chanting Eeny, meeny, miny moe...'. He then mumbles 'Catch a n***** by his toe'".

Earlier today, Clarkson tweeted: "I did not use the n-word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time."

His co-host, James May, also came to his defence on Twitter, saying: "Jeremy Clarkson is not a racist. He is a monumental bellend and many other things, but not a racist. I wouldn't work with one."

The claims come days after the motoring show's producer apologised for broadcasting a "light-hearted" joke by Clarkson that sparked a complaint of racism.

An episode, filmed in Burma and Thailand and shown in March, featured a scene in which the presenters built a bridge over the River Kwai, and as an Asian man walked over it Clarkson said: "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it."

Somi Guha, an actress who complained to the BBC, said the use of the word "slope" was an example of "casual racism" and "gross misconduct".

The BBC2 show's executive producer Andy Wilman said: "When we used the word slope in the recent Top Gear Burma Special, it was a light-hearted word play joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it.

"We were not aware at the time, and it has subsequently been brought to our attention, that the word slope is considered by some to be offensive and although it might not be widely recognised in the UK, we appreciate that it can be considered offensive to some here and overseas, for example in Australia and the USA.

"If we had known that at the time, we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused."

Clarkson is well known for courting controversy - in recent years he has been cleared of breaching the broadcasting code by watchdog Ofcom after comparing a Japanese car to people with growths on their faces.

He previously faced a storm of protest from mental health charities after he branded people who throw themselves under trains as ''selfish'' and was forced to apologise for telling BBC1's The One Show that striking workers should be shot.

The motoring show has also faced complaints from Indian and Mexican politicians over remarks made about their countries while filming on location.

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9:26am Thu 1 May 14

Grampie says...

What a pillock that man is. Calling someone a pillock is a term he would use,
What a pillock that man is. Calling someone a pillock is a term he would use, Grampie
  • Score: -22

11:33am Thu 1 May 14

Class_War says...

Get this vile man off our screens, sack him without further delay.
Get this vile man off our screens, sack him without further delay. Class_War
  • Score: -16

11:53am Thu 1 May 14

moonie says...

Top bloke
Top bloke moonie
  • Score: 18

12:06pm Thu 1 May 14

SPIKEISLANDTRADER says...

So what do we do change NURSERY RHYMES to make them politically correct ... Catch the foreign coloured person . DONT WORK. Bah Bah COLOURED SHEEP
So what do we do change NURSERY RHYMES to make them politically correct ... Catch the foreign coloured person . DONT WORK. Bah Bah COLOURED SHEEP SPIKEISLANDTRADER
  • Score: 13

12:49pm Thu 1 May 14

Controversial But True says...

Is the UK a free country anymore????

No - We're governed by the EU and dictated to the people once classed as minorities!!

Nothing to do with racism, just race cards being used at every opportunity! Never mind Islamic terrorism, just rely on the PC Police!!
Is the UK a free country anymore???? No - We're governed by the EU and dictated to the people once classed as minorities!! Nothing to do with racism, just race cards being used at every opportunity! Never mind Islamic terrorism, just rely on the PC Police!! Controversial But True
  • Score: 18

12:55pm Thu 1 May 14

CHISSY1 says...

When and who said that school yard rhyme,that has been used for years is offensive?.The bloody pathetic do gooders of this world want to crawl back under their stones.
When and who said that school yard rhyme,that has been used for years is offensive?.The bloody pathetic do gooders of this world want to crawl back under their stones. CHISSY1
  • Score: 12

5:08pm Thu 1 May 14

welshmen says...

The Black Board is now a white board, the Police don't have a Black list, but there are plenty of Black, Asian, and Chinese, Associations no white thou, is there a White Association Football Club....
The Black Board is now a white board, the Police don't have a Black list, but there are plenty of Black, Asian, and Chinese, Associations no white thou, is there a White Association Football Club.... welshmen
  • Score: 10

8:22pm Thu 1 May 14

wilddog says...

Nice one Jezzer!
Nice one Jezzer! wilddog
  • Score: 8

9:03pm Thu 1 May 14

WarwickNights says...

welshmen wrote:
The Black Board is now a white board, the Police don't have a Black list, but there are plenty of Black, Asian, and Chinese, Associations no white thou, is there a White Association Football Club....
Yes- its called the FA
[quote][p][bold]welshmen[/bold] wrote: The Black Board is now a white board, the Police don't have a Black list, but there are plenty of Black, Asian, and Chinese, Associations no white thou, is there a White Association Football Club....[/p][/quote]Yes- its called the FA WarwickNights
  • Score: -2

9:05pm Thu 1 May 14

WarwickNights says...

Controversial But True wrote:
Is the UK a free country anymore????

No - We're governed by the EU and dictated to the people once classed as minorities!!

Nothing to do with racism, just race cards being used at every opportunity! Never mind Islamic terrorism, just rely on the PC Police!!
You're right- its like living in North Korea isn't it, the lack of freedom we have in this day and age.
[quote][p][bold]Controversial But True[/bold] wrote: Is the UK a free country anymore???? No - We're governed by the EU and dictated to the people once classed as minorities!! Nothing to do with racism, just race cards being used at every opportunity! Never mind Islamic terrorism, just rely on the PC Police!![/p][/quote]You're right- its like living in North Korea isn't it, the lack of freedom we have in this day and age. WarwickNights
  • Score: 2

10:15pm Thu 1 May 14

tonym64 says...

do the residents of lets say Namibia sing baa baa white sheep or catch a whitey or honkey by the toe its all gone slightly silly being politically correct and everything that you want to say online has to be either polictally correct or you get jumped on from a great height when I grew up I enjoyed watching the likes of love thy neighbor and there was no problem at all everybody laughed and embraced the way we looked at life its there for everyone to enjoy not to be attacked when the slightest mention on colour is mentioned why cant we get through a single day without arguing over either colour or religion
do the residents of lets say Namibia sing baa baa white sheep or catch a whitey or honkey by the toe its all gone slightly silly being politically correct and everything that you want to say online has to be either polictally correct or you get jumped on from a great height when I grew up I enjoyed watching the likes of love thy neighbor and there was no problem at all everybody laughed and embraced the way we looked at life its there for everyone to enjoy not to be attacked when the slightest mention on colour is mentioned why cant we get through a single day without arguing over either colour or religion tonym64
  • Score: 4

10:29pm Thu 1 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Where's Alf Garnett when we need him!
Where's Alf Garnett when we need him! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 3

11:31pm Thu 1 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Where's Alf Garnett when we need him!
He defected to Ukip:)
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: Where's Alf Garnett when we need him![/p][/quote]He defected to Ukip:) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

11:51pm Thu 1 May 14

Its Granola - Granola says...

Regardless of him being right or wrong he is still a w-anchor along with his sidekicks .
Worst show on TV waste of license payers money .Why the BBC continue with this moronic excuse for entertainment i do not know. Remove it now please .
Regardless of him being right or wrong he is still a w-anchor along with his sidekicks . Worst show on TV waste of license payers money .Why the BBC continue with this moronic excuse for entertainment i do not know. Remove it now please . Its Granola - Granola
  • Score: -3

11:07am Fri 2 May 14

pauls55 says...

I have no time for racism in any shape or form, but this row is getting all out of proportion. He should have known better in his position to repeat the rhyme which anyone of a certain age used to chant in all innocence in the playground. But he has apologised, so why can't the media just concentrate on the real issues of the day instead of celebrity witchhunts.
I have no time for racism in any shape or form, but this row is getting all out of proportion. He should have known better in his position to repeat the rhyme which anyone of a certain age used to chant in all innocence in the playground. But he has apologised, so why can't the media just concentrate on the real issues of the day instead of celebrity witchhunts. pauls55
  • Score: 2

6:15pm Fri 2 May 14

loan_star says...

pauls55 wrote:
I have no time for racism in any shape or form, but this row is getting all out of proportion. He should have known better in his position to repeat the rhyme which anyone of a certain age used to chant in all innocence in the playground. But he has apologised, so why can't the media just concentrate on the real issues of the day instead of celebrity witchhunts.
Because he's a right winger, typical tory that the mirror despises. Since Labour were wrong about almost anything else since they lost power, and the "cost of living crisis" is receding too, they are desperate to tar the tories with anything possible.
[quote][p][bold]pauls55[/bold] wrote: I have no time for racism in any shape or form, but this row is getting all out of proportion. He should have known better in his position to repeat the rhyme which anyone of a certain age used to chant in all innocence in the playground. But he has apologised, so why can't the media just concentrate on the real issues of the day instead of celebrity witchhunts.[/p][/quote]Because he's a right winger, typical tory that the mirror despises. Since Labour were wrong about almost anything else since they lost power, and the "cost of living crisis" is receding too, they are desperate to tar the tories with anything possible. loan_star
  • Score: 0
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