‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson in ‘n-word’ controversy

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 11: Jeremy Clarkson attends The Sun Military Awards at National Maritime Museum on December 11, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Jeremy Clarkson attends The Sun Military Awards at National Maritime Museum on December 11, 2013 in London, England. (John Phillips/Getty Images)

Jeremy Clarkson, host of the popular BBC show aired on BBC America in the U.S. called “Top Gear” is facing demands that he be fired for using the “n-word” in a video that was taped — but not aired — on his show.

Clarkson’s show, which is all about cars, used the term in the old “eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n—– by the toe” rhyme, which he mumbled and then realizing it, had it removed from the show. When the controversy first broke, however, he claimed not to have used the word at all. Only when Britain’s Mirror obtained the video and proved him wrong did he admit it and apologize in a video. (See the video below.)

Reports the Guardian:

His apology came after a day of growing calls for the BBC to sack him. The corporation issued a strongly worded statement saying: ‘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.’

Downing Street condemned any use of the word, saying that David Cameron — a friend of Clarkson’s — would ‘certainly not’ use it.

It comes on the heels of his use of the derogatory word “slope” to describe an Asian man during the filming of an episode, according to the Daily Mail.

Here’s a chronology from the Guardian of various Clarkson slurs.

Fred Barbash, the editor of Morning Mix, is a former National Editor and London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.
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