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Top Gear's Jeremy Clarkson: 'I didn't use the n-word... it sounds like I did'

Jeremy Clarkson, the immensely popular TV host of BBC’s Top Gear, was accused of using the n-word during a recording of the show two years ago. Clarkson was also a columnist for The Star's Wheels section.

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  1. The Daily Mirror reported:

    In the unseen footage – which was later edited out of the show – the £1million a year TV host is seen swinging his finger between two cars, while reciting a racist version of a children’s counting rhyme.

    Clarkson can be heard chanting: “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe...” He then mumbles: “Catch a n***** by his toe”.

  2. Clarkson denied it.
  3. Then the Mirror posted a clip of the incident, with the volume turned up just over the part that he mumbles.
    Then Clarkson apologized and "begged forgiveness." "Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word."
  4. The BBC today published a story: BBC upbraids presenter over 'racist' clip: "We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this."  http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-27253880 
  5. Now there is, predictably, a petition to sack Jeremy Clarkson
  6. But he has his defenders.
  7. Some resorted to humour:
  8. But the controversy triggered off an old rivalry - with British tabloid journalist and until recently, CNN host, Piers Morgan
  9. Others jumped into the fray:
  10. Why do people accused of racism say they don't have a racist bone in their body? Slate magazine compiled a list of people without racist bones.
  11. Just for context, British website Us vs.Them came up with this list:
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