Jeremy Clarkson's latest scandal is turning out to be a bit more serious than his past errors, if his latest column in The Sun is to be believed. Clarkson has been in the headlines following the reveal of a Top Gear outtake, in which the 54-year-old presenter appears to (sort of) mumble the N-word.

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.


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      Jarda
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does Clarkson actually need BBC? I believe pretty much any renowned motoring-related magazine would take him instantly. He's got probably enough in his bank account not to worry that much about his salary. TV is done anyways.
        Pj Taintz
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jarda
        agreed, i dont think he needs bbc as much as bbc needs him
          recharged95
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Does anyone need Clarkson? Really Top gear has jumped the shark. I mean the Stig was Shu, but who cares, who cares about the same old car antics that Spike TV now does. Then there's Top Gear US-what (though it was gaining momentum)? Heck, 5th gear has made leaps and bounds in car news and more drives, and motorweek has *finally* stepped it up.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Pj Taintz
          Not a single network has collapsed because a show went off the air. Top Gear could disappear tomorrow, and the world would keep spinning, BBC would simply replace the program. They literally have thousands of ideas for new programs, and if you think they haven't thought of a contingency plan for each program, you are mistaken. Every network does it. Every show could be replaced tomorrow, and after a week, it would be like nothing happened.
        Peter Middleton
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Jarda
        His salary with BBC is kinda meh.

        He would do wayyy better as a "free agent" 
          Claudia CV
          • 7 Months Ago
          @Peter Middleton

          What? No! I heard it was in the millions! And if he were to be fired he would get TONS of pounds!

        Aaron Lynch
        • 4 Months Ago
        @Jarda

        I think it would entirely depend on the nature of the scandal that eventually gets him.   Paula Dean was undone by testimony that was related to a vague incident that was years old.  "have you ever used the N word?" answer "yes of course"  boom next day every paper is saying that paula dean called somebody a N*gger.    It wouldn't take much to end clarkson's career overnight.

      Firefly
      • 1 Year Ago
      As a Black male, (1) Top Gear UK is my favourite show and I will STILL watch Clarkson and company no matter what (2) I've reviewed that video clip over and over and I did not hear him utter the N-word at all (3) Most other Black Americans call me that WAY more than Jezza ever did (4) Someone at the Mirror UK got stung in the balls by a scorpion and decided to make a bigger issue out of this than it was. I'm not saying that he isn't borderline obtuse. I'm saying that I hold nothing against him and love the show because of his belligerently sarcastic nature. Honestly, I just don't care..
        Mike
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Firefly
        I want to buy you a beer. Well said and thank you for having a rational form of logic.
        Rogue Designer
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Firefly
        A wonderful reply! his points are right on the mark! Thank you Firefly! I think you would agree that the world has gone over the top on being PC. Additionally beyond the N word. there is a hole subject of context which in this news article was completely left out! That alone could make or break the discussion.
        Hancockenstein
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Firefly

        same here, i think it's been at least 10 years since racist remarks have bothered me. i think you and I are the minority of the minority though. :D

        Davis
        • 8 Months Ago
        @Firefly

        ouch mean scorpion lol

        Stephano
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Firefly

        Isn't it wonderful, that you've made so many white men so happy? Now that you've made yourself their appointed(in their eyes)go-to token Negro" whenever they want to justify or excuse their bigotry, etc., I wish you the best of luck, back on the plantation, as, trust me, that's exactly how they'll use you, time and again.

          Mark Sutton
          • 6 Months Ago
          @Stephano

          ummm  You never mentioned. what did you hear Stephano, when you listened, and were you offended?

      bookemd
      • 1 Year Ago
      He was very serious in his apology. He is no where near a racist. Can't believe the bbc would do that.
        Julio B
        • 1 Year Ago
        @bookemd
        I think this is just to create more ratings as everybody will be looking for his next offence on TV. I doubt the BBC will do anything against him. Top Gears is BBC's most popular show.
      D Moritz
      • 11 Months Ago
      Love Clarkson, if the can him they might as well can the show! Been watching for 10 yrs. would hate to see the show go. Suck it up BBC
      MattW
      • 1 Year Ago
      This does not bode well for Top Gear. If Clarkson is constantly having to watch what he's saying for fear of losing his job the quality of the show will almost certainly go down. Clarkson is fine, he's got plenty of money. BBC will lose a lot of viewers and we will lose a great show.
        Teleny411
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MattW
        It's not that hard not to say the N word or the other slurs that he's employed in the past. It only becomes a challenge when that's part of your mode of speaking.
      Artologik
      • 1 Year Ago
      What a load of crap! Talking about this makes it a bigger deal than it really is. Come on! Even looping the video over and over and over, one expert would venture with 75% certainty that the N-word was used. In real time, no one heard anything and no one cares.
      Neez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeremy clarkson isn't racist, he offends everyone.
      Terry Zak
      • 11 Months Ago
      N-word is so vague as to mean practically anything. Some of the words I think of are nitwit, numb-skull, nincompoop neutron bomb to think of a few. Now if its a racial thing, hey those folks of color do in fact call each other by that word. So why the big deal if someone else uses it?
      Terry Zak
      • 11 Months Ago
      Everyone's so sensitive. remember a word doesn't mean anything. The deeper meanings here is that the controlling interests are trying to shape our thought patterns and prevent freedom of expression.
      marcus
      • 1 Year Ago
      In the US, BBC means something different too...
        johnchongsucks
        • 1 Year Ago
        @marcus
        I answered a singles ad and thought it was Big Beautiful Christian,BOY was I wrong!
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Them BBC ****** be trippin'.
      Kev
      • 11 Months Ago
      that's just how JC is. That's a huge part of his humor that people love to watch. Him being that type of personality. He is no racist and if you fire him, your loss. You would have to be bumbling idiots to fire your money maker.
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