Sunday 28 December 2014

Gatiss enters Clarkson controversy

Published 30/07/2014 | 12:59

Mark Gatiss has questioned whether Jeremy Clarkson should be sacked
Mark Gatiss has questioned whether Jeremy Clarkson should be sacked

Mark Gatiss has questioned whether it is time for Jeremy Clarkson to be sacked by the BBC following his latest gaffe.

Ofcom ruled that Top Gear had breached broadcasting rules over a "racial" term used by 54-year-old controversial presenter, in which he alluded to an Asian man as a "slope".

Mark, writer and star of hit BBC show Sherlock tweeted: "So Clarkson was given one last chance, yes? So now he'll have to go, yes?"

He was referring to an incident three months ago when the Top Gear star was caught up in another racism row which prompted him to apologise and he was given a final warning about his behaviour by the BBC.

In that incident, previously unaired footage from the programme came to light in which Jeremy appeared to use the n-word.

The Ofcom ruling involved a scene in which the presenters were involved in the construction of a makeshift bridge over the River Kwai and viewers saw an Asian man walking on the bamboo crossing, while the presenter declared: "That is a proud moment - but there is a slope on it."

Ofcom said: "Jeremy Clarkson deliberately employed the offensive word to refer to the Asian person crossing the bridge as well as the camber of the bridge."

The regular pointed out that the sequence had been scripted in advance and the production team would have known of the intended use of the offensive word.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We dealt with this matter some time ago.

"The programme apologised at the time and explained the context and we are now focusing on delivering another series of one of Britain's best-loved shows."

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