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.”