Jeremy Clarkson: I didn't mean to use N-word - video

BBC warns Jeremy Clarkson as presenter explains apparent use of N-word while filming Top Gear

LAST UPDATED AT 09:34 ON Fri 2 May 2014

JEREMY CLARKSON has released a video statement in which he says he mumbled the N-word inadvertently while trying to obscure it during a recording of Top Gear.

"I did everything in my power to not use that word," he says. "I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact my efforts obviously weren't quite good enough."

Previously unseen footage obtained by the Daily Mirror and published yesterday appeared to show the presenter using the word while reciting a nursery rhyme as he tries to choose between two cars.

"The Mirror hired a firm of audio forensic experts to analyse the Top Gear clip and they confirmed that the N-word was indeed used by Clarkson," the paper reports.

"An investigator – working for digital forensics company CY4OR – produced a transcript as part of the study. It stated Clarkson said the following: 'Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by his toe, when he squeals, let him go, eeny, meeny, miny, moe'."

Clarkson, who now faces calls for his sacking, denied that he had intentionally used the N-word and said that he was "mortified" and "horrified" when he heard the recording.

"If you listened very carefully with the sound turned right up it did appear that I'd actually used the word I was trying to obscure," he said.

The presenter says he immediately emailed the Top Gear production office asking for the clip not to be used. According to his statement, the email read: "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 we can use?"

The Guardian reports that the BBC has issued Clarkson with a warning about his future conduct.

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

Jeremy Clarkson accused of using N-word on Top Gear

1 May

JEREMY CLARKSON has denied using the N-word in previously unseen Top Gear footage which was edited out of an episode broadcast in February last year.

It's the second time in recent weeks that Clarkson has been accused of using a racial slur. During a recent Top Gear special filmed in Thailand he appeared to refer to a Thai man as a "slope" – a derogatory term for Asians.

The Daily Mirror published the N-word claim after examining a recording of the incident passed to the paper after the programme had been edited. In the clip Clarkson is shown attempting to choose between two cars.

"The Mirror hired a firm of audio forensic experts to analyse the Top Gear clip and they confirmed that the N-word was indeed used by Clarkson," the paper says.

"An investigator – working for digital forensics company CY4OR – produced a transcript as part of the study. It stated Clarkson said the following: 'Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by his toe, when he squeals, let him go, eeny, meeny, miny, moe'."

The presenter mumbles as he recites the rhyme, but in the broadcast version he clearly says "teacher" instead of the disputed N-word.

This morning Clarkson tweeted a denial of the Mirror's claims:

Amid calls for the presenter to be sacked, the BBC has launched an investigation, The Guardian reports.

"We've seen the story," a BBC spokesman told the paper. "The Mirror didn't approach us before publication. Clearly we will establish the facts before commenting."  · 

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what's the n word? noodles?

Or maybe it's "nerd"? In combination with being addicted to expensive cars, it should be politically correct. Still, he's funny, most of the time.

How astoundingly ridiculous. Even if he did use the 'n' word, it is part of a childrens' nursery rhyme that all children of a certain age learned.
We have gone way too far with this rubbish. The n word is NOT banned from the English language. How come a man of colour can refer to another man of colour as 'hey n..' but if a white person even uses that word within a nursery rhyme he is branded 'racist'. We really do need to stop this PC rubbish from taking over our lives, and use some common sense.

You have missed the point I'm afraid scrim. The fact that he is willing to use that word on camera, along with the previous recent slurs, with apparent sense of impunity and then simply deny he did it or really knew the meaning of the words is a problem for many. It builds a picture of a person with a mindset of casual racism. This is the kind of engrained prejudice that operates to undermine real human equality that whilst largely hidden is no less destructive than the overt racism of past eras.

For that reason it should not be accepted as simply messing around, or a silly mistake. It is serious and the BBC should take action, as it is funded by all members of our society. Clarkson should be ashamed, as he does have some intelligence, but I doubt he truly is.

NewSpeak...we were warned about it by Orwell years ago, and yet we stumble into the trap. If I go to Australia, I'm called a "Pommie Bastard". If I go to America, I'm a "Limey". Frankly, I don't give a stuff, it means nothing, and this hounding of Clarkson isclearly done in an effort to make money on the basis of a perceived slur.
The other "Clarksonism" is a case in point: I didn't KNOW Orientals were known derogatively as "Slopes" before the issue was raised. This case opens up the temptation to refer to them all as slopes as a matter of principle.
THERE IS STILL FREE SPEECH IN THIS COUNTRY.

PC gone absolutely bonkers! No blacks or coloureds were offended, I can bet - they are less PC than the rest of us in this paranoid, benighted country. While I can hardly contain my indifference about Jeremy Clarkson (although he does make me smile, occasionally) I am somewhat less relaxed about these BBC "arbiters" of all things PC and "permissible".

The BBC luvvies are a total disgrace to this country - they live in their own little metropolitan, PC, unworldly judgemental bubble, wherein nobody but they are trusted to speak "correctly" and without offence.

Very soon these BBC twats will be calling for retrospective litigation against the likes of Enid Blyton and Robertsons Jam! Yet they didn't have the b****s to confront Jimmy Saville!

You're a twit. You make me laugh. Patrol your own brain for thoughts that contradict equality, please.

:-(

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