This issue, along with the "slope" controversy from the end of March, is apparently about as much as the BBC can bear. According to Clarkson, if he makes "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time," the BBC will fire him, a fate he appears to have resigned himself to.
"It's inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I've offended them, and that will be that," Clarkson wrote.
"I use the F-word pretty much constantly and the C-word (clearly, the C-word is viewed very differently in the UK...) too, especially when I'm talking about James May. But the N-word. No. It's not in my lexicon," Clarkson wrote.
Now, we still aren't really sure what Clarkson said - the video uncovered by The Daily Mirror isn't anywhere near conclusive. Even the speech forensics expert hired by the tabloid was unsure, admitting to a British talk radio station she was only 75-percent certain that the N-word was said, according to BBC News.
"Isn't that what a court of law would consider grounds for acquittal on the basis of 'reasonable doubt'?" Clarkson wrote. That does seem like a pretty fair point, and reinforcement of what many of you thought when watching the video. It's just too difficult to know exactly what he said.
Even with Clarkson's well known (and some might argue, overused) sense of hyperbole, it's fairly clear that the curmudgeonly presenter remains in the hottest of waters following this latest episode.