BBC presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, has issued a video apology this week after being caught on camera mumbling the ‘n word’ during the filming of a Top Gear episode in February 2013.
The 54-year-old had initially denied using the word at all, yet after the Daily Mirror published the video online; he made a U-Turn and took to the internet to offer a public apology.
Clarkson was seen reciting the nursery rhyme, ‘Eeny meeny miney moe’, in the episode when, in a clip which was eventually cut from the televised programme, he mumbled ‘catch a n***** by his toe’.
Despite the clip not being used, and an alternative version, whereby he replaced the ‘n word’ with teacher, being aired, the film was leaked embroiling Clarkson in a race row.
In his apology, Clarkson said he was ‘mortified’ and ‘horrified’ to see the clip.
He said: “It is a word I loathe and I did everything in my power to make sure that version did not appear in the programme that was transmitted.
“In fact I have here the note I sent at the time to the production office and it says: ‘I didn’t use the n-word here but I’ve just listened through my headphones and it sounds like I did. Is there another take that we could use?’
“Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word.”
He then ended the statement saying he was ‘begging for your forgiveness’ and that ‘my efforts weren’t quite good enough’.
The BBC said they had disciplined the presenter but he would not be sacked. A statement read: “Jeremy Clarkson has set out the background to this regrettable episode. 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.”
Clarkson was in the middle of a separate racism row just last month after an episode, filmed in Burma and Thailand, was aired.
A scene, in which the Top Gear presenters built a bridge over the River Kwai, saw Clarkson say: ‘That is a proud moment, but there’s a slope on it’, as an Asian man walked across it.
However, not everybody is quick to attack the car enthusiast with many supporting him, saying it was simply a mistake.
Education minister, Michael Gove, stepped in to defend the presenter saying: “As I understand Jeremy Clarkson has apologised, the word in question is horrendous and shouldn’t be used.
“It seems to me this was a word he never intended to mutter, never intended to broadcast, he’s been clear in his apology and I think we should leave matter there.”
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