Saturday 17 February 2018

‘I’m sitting here begging your forgiveness’ – Jeremy Clarkson issues video statement on ‘n-word’ controversy

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

TOP Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has issued a video statement clarifying media reports he had used the ‘n-word’ in a recent recording of the show.

Clarkson tweeted a link to his statement this evening.

“Ordinarily I don’t respond to newspaper allegations, but In this case I feel I have to make an exception”, he began.

He explained that in the scene he was saying the nursery rhyme ‘Eeny, meeny, miny, moe’.

The rhyme features the racial slur.

He said that three takes were made – in the first two he mumbled in place of the offending word, and in the final he said ‘teacher’.

While he was watching back the takes, he noticed that in one of the takes where he mumbled it sounded like he had in fact said the word.

“I was mortified by this, I was horrified.

“It is a word I loathe, and I did everything in my power to ensure that it did not appear in the programme that was transmitted.

He then proceeded to read out a note he sent to the production team asking for the scene to be edited.

 “I didn’t use the n-word here and I just listened through my headphones here and it sounds like I did”, he said in the note.

“I’m sitting here begging your forgiveness that obviously my efforts weren’t quite good enough”, he finished. 

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