UPDATE: Jeremy Clarkson has released a video statement to this controversy via Twitpic. In it, he explains the reasoning for the videos existence, and delivers a heartfelt apology. Be sure to click over, and have a look.

Once again, Jeremy Clarkson is drawing the ire of the British tabloids, led by The Mirror, who accuse the Top Gear host of saying the "N"-word during an outtake of the show's comparison between the Toyota GT86 and Subaru BRZ.

The Mirror's proof of the 54-year-old's allegedly racist remarks is a video, which would make it pretty incontrovertible... if there were any racist remarks being uttered. To be entirely fair, it's pretty difficult to make out just what Clarkson is saying as he repeats the children's rhyme "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe" while picking between the two rear-drive sports cars. He mumbles for a fair bit of it, and if he does drop the N-word, we can't completely tell.

Clarkson, for his part, is vigorously denying the tabloid's allegations.

He's backed up by co-host James May, as well.

Playing Devil's Advocate, the children's rhyme in question did include the N-word in some variations for quite a long time. It could be explained by a bout of extreme absentmindedness, although that still doesn't change the fact that Clarkson's alleged use of the phrase is wholly unacceptable. Clarkson also could have mumbled "tiger" or "tigger," both of which are known variations in the rhyme, as well.

In the end, people will make up their own mind on what Clarkson said. From our perspective, the evidence is just too thin. This isn't a cut-and-dry case like Donald Sterling, where there are minutes and minutes of clear audio of him espousing his racist beliefs. This is far more difficult to discern.

We can't embed The Mirror's original video, although the team at Jalopnik found an embeddable copy. You can scroll down and have a look, or hop over to the tabloid's website for its copy. Whichever you choose, be sure to come back here and register your views in Comments.

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      He's clearly mumbling. NOTHING that even sounds like it remotely starts with the letter N even comes out of his mouth during the mumble. AutoBlog, that fact that you're even giving this any coverage is sensationalistic and absurd.
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      Are everybody else going insane or is it me? The guy is mumbling something and you have "audio team" trying to find him saying the n-word from random mumbling with no menace behind it anyways? And that's a headline in some newspaper? Can't anybody else see the insanity of this in so many levels? I can't be the only one.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Am I the only who always thought the term in the rhyme was "tiger" until very recently? I never even heard of the racist version being a thing until some other non-scandal a few years ago involving someone else saying that phrase. And Clarkson isn't at all racist, he makes fun of EVERYONE, most especially British white males.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So what if he did? I seriously doubt anyone can claim they've never said it themselves. Heck, of the countless times I've said it, I never really meant anything by it anyway. For me, it's just another word I've heard a thousand times a day from just listening to rap music, hanging around black people, or watching Quentin Tarantino movies. When it comes to people and race relations, I'd say there's definitely a gap between what's being portrayed in the media and reality. They'd like us to believe that we're all at odds and constantly offending one another.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does anybody really care?
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      Is this what the world has gotten to these days??? Everything has to be racist. So tiring...
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some idiot wants attention that's all. They can't fire Clarkson. And above all, if he did say it, that would be sooo out of context and random. Only someone with Tourette's would say that.
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      Dammit guys. I love the show. I cannot get enough. Except making fun of groups of people based on stereotypes. It is just the cheapest most base comedy device ever created. ******* STOP! This is not the first. This seems to be a trend. Whether true or not in this instance, there are plenty of other times they've taken the piss ON THE SHOW.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeremy is far from a saint and there are plenty of times where his actions, even not necessarily wrong, are foolish to do considering his position in the public's eye. But this is just trying too hard. He made one really obscure slur (you know a racial slur is outdated when teens of the internet have to look it up) and now people who've had an ax to grind with him for whatever reason are now finding any excuse they can to keep the racist bandwagon going. Mirror should go after rappers/celebrities who actually use the word casually first (there are thousands) before making this feeble attempt at claiming to call out a racist.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey I'm all for hearing an apology when someone screws up and says/does something stupid or offensive...but there's NOTHING in that video. Much ado about nothing, save yourself the time n don't watch the video, it's pointless...there's definitely nothing there I can here, not even close actually. PS- thanks for taking your annoying little poodle Pierce Morgan back, England...we're (almost) even for taking Simon Cowell from you...
      Learned Elder #G-73
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is one of the stupidest accusations i've ever heard. soon people will see racism in the shapes of clouds.
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