Jeremy Clarkson has apologized for the apparent use of a racial slur in Top Gear.
As Clarkson recounts a nursery rhyme, ‘Eeny, meeny, miny, moe’, in a hitherto unseen take for an item a few years ago, the Mirror tabloid alleges that the word n***** can be heard.
Clarkson went to Twitter to deny that he had used the word, and that he ‘never’ uses it.
In a follow-up video, Clarkson clarifies that he mumbled the word where n***** normally would be.
Clarkson says, ‘When I viewed this footage several weeks later, I realized that in one of the mumbled versions, if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear that I actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe.’
Clarkson notes that he even wrote a memo to ensure that the take was not used.
Our two videos are below: the first features Clarkson’s apology, the second the clip itself.
The BBC has launched an investigation.