Top Gear host Clark­son apol­o­gizes for racist lan­guage

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ARTS & LIFE -

LON­DON — Top Gear host Jeremy Clark­son has apol­o­gized and asked for for­give­ness fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions that he used racist lan­guage while he was shoot­ing an episode of the pop­u­lar BBC show. Clark­son be­came em­broiled in a racism con­tro­versy af­ter a tabloid pub­lished a clip of him ap­par­ently us­ing the N-word while recit­ing the nurs­ery rhyme “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” dur­ing film­ing. The clip, recorded sev­eral years ago, was never broad­cast. Clark­son ini­tially de­nied us­ing racist lan­guage. But he later said he “mum­bled where the of­fen­sive word would nor­mally oc­cur” de­spite try­ing not to, and that he was mor­ti­fied by the mis­take. The BBC said Fri­day it is tak­ing the in­ci­dent se­ri­ously. Clark­son, a house­hold name in Bri­tain, had pre­vi­ously sparked com­plaints with al­legedly racist com­ments about people from Mex­ico and Asia.

Clark­son: ‘mum­bled’

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