Mark Thompson, director general of the BBC, has been forced to go to bat for Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson after the television host jokingly suggested striking public sector workers should be shot in front of their own families. Yep. That sounds like Clarkson to us.
According to the UK's Guardian and Telegraph dailies, members of the UK Parliament then began calling for the government-owned BBC to oust Jezza, with Labor Party member Jim Sheridan asking whether or not Clarkson was a luxury the BBC couldn't afford. Around 32,000 people sent complaints to the network about the host's disparaging remarks, but Thompson countered, suggesting that Clarkson is one of the UK's chief cultural exports at the moment.

The BBC executive also said far more people would be upset to see the gregarious host disappear from Top Gear than had complained about his flippant remarks.

This is just the latest episode in a long line of Clarkson's skirmishes with various nationalities, religions and organizations, but it doesn't look like the British personality is going anywhere any time soon.


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      Tippy Dobbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeremy Clarkson is the greatest troll...in the world.
      illnever tell
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to limit myself to two expressions: 1. If they can't take the heat for their actions then they need to get the hell out of the kitchen. Not piss and moan like a bunch of pansies. 2. Now they need to either get over it or get bent. What a waste of everyones damn time. I'd wanna see all the idiots in Parliment over there fired for wasting taxpayer money on this so-called issue of boo hoo.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      Remember kids, the UK does not have a first amendment...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
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          DooMMasteR
          • 3 Years Ago
          you are wrong I do not know a EU-country which does not define freedom of speech yeas speech against religion or illegal stuff may be prohibited of redistribution, but the initial intention is hard to hit on he could get publicity problems here, but not JC :P he is too popular I mean we are speaking of 32k union workers and about 10million JC fans only in Europe :P
      ken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Lol. With Top Gear's global publicity, JC and his team will have no difficulties finding a new network for broadcast. BBC will just lose its biggest cash cow.
      Kimura
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clarkson just does it for the lulz.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's true. Jeremy Clarkson and his boorish character is a huge cultural export. There's no way the Beeb would shut him down.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      they won't axe the clarkson he makes them too much money globally so a kerfuffle in the homeland is a ***** in the armor
      Akash
      • 3 Years Ago
      Jeremy clarkson is one heck of a troll, NOBODY can afford to loose..!!! Right to free speech...HELL With the government.!!!
      Azazel
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Dr. Who theme song and Jeremy Clarkson are the two greatest things to come out of the UK. If they get rid Jezza, i'll probably only end up watching BBC America for like 30 seconds a day.
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clarkson, if you put that tongue any further into your cheek, it's gonna pop out the other side! Clarkson is just amazing at trolling, and that adds to his awesomeness. As does a complete disregard for politically correct bull shite. He goes a bit far, but that only compensates for all other media/government/celebrities catering to the lowest, most easily offended denominator. You have to see through the sharp yet ultimately harmless insults, and see what he stands for on a whole, and you would agree with 90% of what he says. I dont think I would ever want him for PM of Britain, only because he would be shoved under intese scrutiny for every word he speaks and would also be too busy to host Top Gear.
      Jarrod Barger
      • 3 Years Ago
      Clarkson has shown he's just another hard line conservative racist prick. A millionaire wanting to execute the working class who are just trying to ensure they have a standard of living enough to actually have healthcare and pay bills? How DARE they! He's a mechanical idiot, a blowhard and a bigot. TG is nothing but shock value for the crap he drivels on about.... I say fire his ass and sell him off to News Corp. They love that kind of ultra-con thinking. But of course, the only thing Autoblog readers care about is their shiny cars and will lock-step into anything this millionaire says
        ShutoSteve
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarrod Barger
        Hey idiot - this is a car blog. Of course we are going to stick up to something we love.
        mrx19
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarrod Barger
        You liberal wienies drive me crazy. Is there anything that doesn't offend you. It's a joke! Clarkson has made living saying outrageous things. That's why we watch.
          e30kid
          • 3 Years Ago
          @mrx19
          Why do you need to generalize liberals? OP sucks, but that doesn't mean that he represents all of the left wing. There are many people on either side of the political spectrum who get offended by stupid **** all the time.
        Ice Cube
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarrod Barger
        While Clarkson might be a bit of an ass and suggesting executing people on television is in poor taste, public employees often have it quite good. Their healthcare is payed for by the government and they do have really good benefit packages, payed for by the taxpayers. When they negotiate for perks/rights/other issues they negotiate against the people of whichever country they are living in who has to pay for their benefits. Yes Clarkson was wrong but the man does have somewhat of a point so lets avoid the namecalling
        Jason Alan Sipes
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarrod Barger
        How do you know he is a conservative? I get tired of people saying, just another uptight conservative, I'm libertarian which makes me a republican also. I don't agree with Jeremy Clarkson at all....
        Florg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jarrod Barger
        Funny how no one seems to remember the earlier part of the interview where he was going on about how he liked that the public sector workers were striking. But of course, people wouldn't be able to stir up so much **** if they did. It's just another case of people wanting to moan about something.
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would love to see Clarkson vanish once and for all.......
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