"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.
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