BBC Star Jeremy Clarkson Fights to Clear Name after Accusations of Racism

Jeremy Clarkson Racism Accusations
Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

LONDON — Jeremy Clarkson, one of the BBC’s biggest stars, is fighting to salvage his career after being accused of racism.

Clarkson, who presents international hit “Top Gear,” had been accused of using racist language while filming the show. The presenter, who has a history of making controversial remarks, had been filmed reciting the nursery rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe,” and it sounded as if he included the “n” word in it. The clip was published on the website of the Mirror newspaper.

Clarkson denied that he used the “n” word, claiming he mumbled something that sounded like it, but on Thursday the broadcaster issued a statement that suggests he may be on thin ice.

It said: “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.”

Late Thursday, Clarkson issued a video message on Twitter, in which he said he was “begging forgiveness.”

“I was mortified by this, horrified. It was a word I loathe,” he said. “I did everything in my power to ensure that that word did not get in the program that was transmitted.”

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 8

Leave a Reply

8 Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

  1. Ruby Tuesday says:

    I like the show. I like the banter between the three of the hosts, that’s why I watch!! They are very knowledgeable and their craziness and different personalities work well together. I hope the show will continue with the three of them!! I feel that since the other two are backing Clarkson he can’t be all that bad and in his interviews with all the different people they have on the show he has been nothing but warm and welcoming to everyone so, I don’t believe for a minute he is a racist in any way, There are other shows that try and copy Top Gear, Top Gear US for ex. which is just sad and stupid and I don’t watch them, they are sorry imitations! If I want to watch a boring show that has non funny, no personality hosts and strictly talks about vehicle functions, I turn to Motor Week. I hope things are worked out and the show can continue!

  2. officersgal says:

    Oh dear..Clarkson may soon have to get a proper job.Instead of acting like a oversized school boy and getting paid for it.I find him a insult to the licence fee…A man made rich by acting like a oaf..only the BBC would have put up with this for so long.

  3. Richard Mills says:

    I enjoy Top Gear a lot, But I feel the show would be improved if Mr. Clarkson was replaced since I too find his language and some of his personal beliefs to be offensive.

  4. Gordon Schumway says:

    I f only people who are perfect and never, ever make a mistake are allowed on television, we’ll be watching dead air….

    • Wow. How judgmental can you get? What is next- thought police? It just so happens that I am one of millions that have been thoroughly entertained by Clarkson, et al in numerous insightful and amusing editions of BBC’s “Top Gear”. Hopefully, he will weather this witch hunt and be able to continue to do what he does the best- evaluate and test automobiles in the most amusing way possible.

      • Oisin says:

        Agreed, he can be monumentaly insensitive, can’t we all? I look forward to the show, the three of them are spendid entertainment, sometimes I even look/ listen to the car stuff.
        He will be fine, lesser presenters have weathered more.

  5. Dellie Q. says:

    This is the third time, he and the BBC have had to apologize for his racist comments. Thats not a slip-up, it’s a marked routine.

More TV News from Variety

Loading