Jeremy Clarkson: BBC gave me final warning
Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson says the BBC has told him he will be sacked if he makes “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.
Writing in the Sun, Clarkson insisted he did not use a racist word while reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe in an out-take from the show that was published by the Daily Mirror.
Although he mumbles the word, Clarkson begins by saying the letter “n”.
The BBC says it “left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this”.
Clarkson was initially accused of using the “n-word” on Thursday by the Daily Mirror, which said it had hired “audio forensic experts” to analyse the clip it had obtained.
The presenter initially told his 3.3 million Twitter followers: “I did not use the N-word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time.”
Later that day after the newspaper posted a clip of the incident – which was filmed in 2012 and never broadcast – he released a video statement “begging forgiveness” for the error.
This time, he admitted he had appeared to “mumble” the offensive word despite attempting not to.
Clarkson wrote in the Sun, where he has a weekly column: “I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked.
“And even the angel Gabriel would struggle to survive with that hanging over his head.
“It’s inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I’ve offended them, and that will be that.”
He also said the BBC had told him “very firmly” to apologise but added: “Apologising for using the n-word would be the same as apologising for starting the war in Syria. It’s something I hadn’t done.”
Clarkson added: “I use the F-word pretty much constantly and the C-word too, especially when I’m talking about James May. But the N-word? No. It’s not in my lexicon.”
He also highlighted that the expert used by the Daily Mirror had told LBC that she could only be 75% certain the word was used.
Michelle Bowman of digital forensics company CY4OR told Nick Ferrari: “You can’t be 100% certain, it’s not an exact science. Ideally you would want to compare that phrase with a phrase where the word is said or where a different word is said.”
Although the clip was never broadcast on the BBC Two show, the corporation said it had received more than 300 complaints following recent media coverage. On Saturday, the BBC said it had nothing to add to its earlier statement. (BBC)