Jeremy Clarkson says a lot of things, some funny, some not, but all designed to get a rise out of people. This time, however, he may have crossed a line.
"I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families," said Clarkson, referring to striking workers in Great Britain. "I'd have them all shot. I mean, how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?"

While we're not sure whether Clarkson was "working" while making the comments on BBC television's One Show, it certainly seems like the celebrity host of Top Gear was joking. But a British union that represents over a million public sector workers isn't laughing, according to an Associated Press report. Dave Prentis, the general secretary of UNISON, said Clarkson's comments "were totally outrageous, and they cannot be tolerated." His group has demanded Clarkson be fired immediately.

While Clarkson's off-color comments are legendary, his latest gaffe even came to the attention of Prime Minister David Cameron, who vouched for his friend, according to the AP. To his credit, Clarkson has apologized, and so has the BBC.

To watch video of Clarkson's comments, click past the jump.


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      Saracen
      • 3 Years Ago
      They will never fire Clarkson. He makes them too much money. He is the star of the most popular TV show in the world. BBC will just continue apologizing for him and paying fines.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wilman and Clarkson getting themselves into the press again. These guys are good at promoting their new seasons.
      Bobs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep it up Clarkson! Totally with you on that one.
      Kevin Rinke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Another day, another top gear criticism...
      montegod7ss
      • 3 Years Ago
      No press is bad press. Maybe they'll boycott him, that always sends ratings through the roof!
      Rexxer
      • 3 Years Ago
      He is 100% totally correct.. same thing here in the states is happening...
      Sukairain
      • 3 Years Ago
      "To his credit, Clarkson has apologized, and so has the BBC." Clarkson apologized by temporarily changing his name to Jeremy Klarkson, short for J/K.
      zzzzzz
      • 3 Years Ago
      F**k you, Jeremy Clarkson.
      dopp22
      • 3 Years Ago
      These jackasses on this board don't realize if it were not for government standards and working unions, they will be driving cars without seat belts, airbags and all the tons of safety devices mandated by the govt to be in cars before they are sold to public. These safety devices cost money and the 1% who manufacture these cars would not put them in the cars if the govt did not force them. Most people on this board are NOT millionaires and have to work. So when the 1% outsource your job and offer you an entry level service job, with entry level pay, you think Clarkson will be on your side then? Clarkson is rich, he will tell you same jackasses who defending him while he beats up on working poor, just because he is rich and popular, he will tell you to shut up and take what you are allotted in life you poor bastards. Wake up!! most of you will never be in the 1% class, so stop acting like you are down with them.
      ThucBiDza
      • 3 Years Ago
      one more reason i respect this guys, union are the leechers of the economy.
        AnthonyL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ThucBiDza
        but but but 100 years ago kids were working and people only made a quarter an hour.... smh
          Christopher
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AnthonyL
          It wasn't the unions that put an end to that. It was a government regulation. They are two completely different things.
        ThucBiDza
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ThucBiDza
        guy*
      Judoka
      • 3 Years Ago
      What line did he cross? He is absolutely right. They are getting an inflated wage, and a funded pension for low skill work. If you pay people more than their market value, of course it will implode. It works for a longer period of time for governments since they have the power to tax and print money, but it will still grow out of control there too.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Judoka
        Low skill? What exactly are you referring to? If that's the case, why didn't you go into their profession(s) if it's so easy?
      SimonSez
      • 3 Years Ago
      Most people that have anti-union views have not worked a manufacturing job in their life. When jobs were flourishing and people had good retirement benefits there was a large percentage of the population that were part of a union. Now unions are shrinking and unemployment is rising worldwide, many people no longer have retirement and somehow it is the union workers, 11% of the workforce, that is causing all of the financial problems in the world. Once unions are completely eradicated by corporations I wonder who the hell people are going to blame. You sure as hell won't be able to do anything about it once there are no unions and they remove the right to organize.
        Rastislav Toth
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SimonSez
        You are contradicting yourself. If only a small portion of our manufacturing workforce is unionized, then probably most of the people who work in manufacturing have a negative view of unions. However, Clarkson was not speaking about private sector unions he was speaking about public sector unions. In most cases, the jobs performed by unionized civil servants are in areas where the government has a monopoly on services. Unionizing this portion of the labor force was idiotic, but continuing to give them the right to strike is absurd.
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