BBC automobile program "Top Gear" presenter Jeremy Clarkson speaks with a member of his crew while filming a segment outside 10 Downing Street in London November 29, 2011. Prime Minister David Cameron has criticised comments made by Clarkson after he said public sector strikers should be "shot in front of their families." Clarkson was speaking on Wednesday as state workers like nurses, teachers and civil servants were staging a 24-hour strike against government plans to make them pay more and work longer for their pensions. Picture taken November 29, 2011. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: MEDIA TRANSPORT ENTERTAINMENT POLITICS SOCIETY) - RTR2UP7W

London, England - Television presenter Jeremy Clarkson says he’s received a final warning from Britain's publicly-funded broadcaster, the BBC, over using racist language while filming “Top Gear”, one of the world's most popular TV programmes.

Clarkson, 54, was called before BBC bosses last week after the Mirror newspaper reported he was heard using the n-word as he recited an old version of the rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” to choose between cars in filming two years ago.

The newspaper did not say how it got hold of the footage, which was not aired, but the revelation led to calls for Clarkson to resign or be sacked from the BBC, which is funded by a licence fee paid by all UK households who own a television.


The presenter, known for his humorous but blunt style, apologised in a video on Twitter on Thursday, saying he tried to avoid the racist expression by mumbling over that part of the rhyme in two takes and replacing it with “teacher” in a third.

But in a regular column in the Sun newspaper on Saturday, Clarkson admitted he was on his final warning from the BBC after the latest controversy to hit the outspoken but highly profitable presenter.

“I've been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive, remark, anywhere, at ay time, I will be sacked,” wrote Clarkson, insisting he had not used the n-word that he found “extremely distasteful”.

“It's funny. I've always thought I'd be sacked for something I said. Not for something that actually, I didn't say.”


The furore comes just days after Top Gear producers apologised for a “light-hearted” joke by Clarkson in Myanmar and Thailand in which he referred to a “slope” on a bridge as an Asian man crossed a makeshift structure built by the presenters.

The show prompted complaints of racism and producer Andy Wilman apologised, saying they were unaware it was a racially offensive term for Asians used in countries like Australia and the United States and regretted any offense caused.

The BBC has regularly downplayed controversies over Clarkson's comments through the 26-year history of Top Gear, one of its best-selling shows which has aired in 214 countries, helping make journalist Clarkson into a global celebrity.


Top Gear was named by the Guinness book of World Records as the world's most widely watched factual TV programme in 2013 and its popularity has led to spin-offs including video games and a magazine.

But Clarkson's strong views have pitched him up against politicians, national governments, environmental groups, car companies and communities across Britain over the years. Facebook has an “I Hate Jeremy Clarkson” page.

The BBC said on Thursday it had spoken to Clarkson and made “absolutely clear” the standards expected.

“We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this,” it said.