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Top Gear's Clarkson responds to racism claims, begs forgiveness

Published on May 2, 2014 5:27 AM
 
Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of BBC motoring programme Top Gear, on May 1, 2014, begged forgiveness for appearing to use a racist insult in a non-aired clip recorded for the globally successful show. -- PHOTO: WWW.TOPGEAR.COM/SCREENGRAB

LONDON (AFP) - Jeremy Clarkson, presenter of BBC motoring programme Top Gear, on Thursday "begged forgiveness" for appearing to use a racist insult in a non-aired clip recorded for the globally successful show.

Clarkson, no stranger to controversy, explained that he had recited an old nursery rhyme that includes a racist term, but tried to mumble out the offending word.

Having seen the recordings, the presenter said he had asked for another take to be used, replacing the word entirely, as there was some ambiguity in the original.

Responding on Twitter to the Daily Mirror report, Clarkson said: "Ordinarily I don't respond to newspaper allegations, but on this occasion I feel I must make an exception.

 
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