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BBC issues "final warning" to Jeremy Clarkson after racism allegations

The presenter is accused of reciting a racist rhyme during the filming of Top Gear.

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JEREMY CLARKSON HAS said that the BBC have put him on final warning following last week’s racism row.

The warning comes after a Daily Mirror article claimed he used a racist term while reciting the nursery rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe” during filming for Top Gear.

Writing in his weekly column for The Sun newspaper, Clarkson complained that he could not say sorry for something he hadn’t done:

I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked. The angel Gabriel would struggle to survive with that hanging over his head.
It’s inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I’ve offended them, and that will be that.

The allegations originated in an article in Thursday’s Daily Mirror, which claimed to have audio of Clarkson reciting the rhyme while filming for Top Gear.

The story said that Clarkson had said “Eeny, meeny, miny moe, catch a n***** by his toe” – muttering the offending word in a low voice.

Later on Thursday the presenter posted a YouTube video to “beg for forgiveness” for the scandal – he said he was “mortified” by the allegations, but denied that he used the word in the rhyme.

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The full rushes show that I did three takes. In two I mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur and in the third, I replaced it all together with the word ‘teacher’.
When I viewed this footage, several weeks later, I realised that in one of the mumbled versions, if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear that I’d actually used the word I was trying to obscure.

In the past, Clarkson has been accused of racism over comments made on Top Gear about India, Mexico, Malaysia and Wales, amongst other countries.

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