Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson dropped by BBC: A look back at his biggest controversies

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been dropped by the BBC after it found him responsible for attacking a colleague. The latest controversy involving the wildly popular presenter was far from his first.


Clarkson rams a Toyota Hilux into a landmark horse chestnut tree in Churchill, Somerset, to test its strength. The BBC pays £250 to a local parish.


He angers Germans after giving a Nazi salute on Top Gear while mocking German car maker BMW's version of the Mini, a British icon. One comment is that the Mini should have a satellite navigation system "that only goes to Poland", a reference to the German invasion in 1939 that started World War II.


He drives a truck on the show and says: "Change gear, change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day." This comes after a serial killer and ex-lorry driver in England is convicted of murdering five prostitutes.


At a press conference, he calls former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who has vision in only one eye, a "one-eyed Scottish idiot".


The BBC apologises to the Mexican ambassador to Britain after the show hosts said a Mexican car brand, Mastretta, reflects national characteristics - "lazy, feckless, flatulent". Co-host James May describes Mexican food as "like sick with cheese on it", while Clarkson says they will not receive any complaints about the show because "at the Mexican embassy, the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control like this (snores)".


Indian diplomats protest after a segment, filmed in India, shows a Jaguar car which has a toilet fixed to the boot. Clarkson says the portable toilet is "perfect for India because everyone who comes here" gets an upset stomach. They also hang banners on trains reading "British IT is good for your company" and "Eat English muffins" - messages which become obscene when the carriages part and the signs rip apart.


British communications regulator Ofcom says he uses a racist term "slope" to refer to an Asian man crossing a bridge, and the incline of the bridge in a Top Gear Burma Special. The show features the hosts looking at a bridge they had built on the River Kwai as a local man walks on it. The BBC later says it thought it is "mere slang".

In film not intended for broadcast, Clarkson seems to use a racist term while reciting the "eeny, meeny, miney, moe" rhyme. He denies uttering an offensive word but acknowledges "that it sounds like I did".

The crew flees Argentina after being attacked by residents during the filming of an episode in which Clarkson drives a Porsche sports car with the licence plate H982 FKL, which some say refers to the British victory over Argentina in the 1982 Falklands War. The team insist they have no idea what the plate meant.

Here is a video collection of funny moments involving Clarkson and his Top Gear crew.

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