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could be heading for MORE trouble after communications watchdog Ofcom confirmed it was investigating a complaint over the use of the word “pikey”.
A representative of the Traveller Movement complained after a scene in which the show’s now ex-host Jeremy Clarkson was seen holding a placard with the words “Pikey’s Peak” while Richard Hammond drove a car up a mountain.
It comes after a similar complaint was lodged with the BBC but not upheld.
A BBC Trust ruling in March cleared Clarkson of racism, saying the word had been used to mean “cheap”, rather than as a racist term.
Speaking at the time, a spokesman for the Traveller Movement said they were “horrified” by the “BBC’s green-lighting of the use of the word”.
It is not the first time the controversial show has run into trouble.
Clarkson was forced to apologise when footage emerged of him mumbling the n-word while reciting the children’s nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe”.
The show was also found to have breached broadcasting rules after Clarkson used the word “slope” as a racial term. And last year the show’s crew were forced to flee Argentina after making reference to the Falklands conflict by using a car with the registration number H982 FKL.
A spokesman for the Traveller Movement welcomed the decision to investigate the latest complaint.
He said: “When the BBC Trust ruled that the word ‘pikey’ meant cheap and dodgy, it was clearly the trust that was being a bit cheap and dodgy.
“How can you work for understanding when racist abuse is seen as funny by a national broadcaster paid for by the public?”