Clarkson isn't racist, says TV boss

BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been forced to apologise for comments

BBC presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been forced to apologise for comments

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BBC TV boss Danny Cohen has defended Jeremy Clarkson and insisted the under-fire Top Gear host is not "racist".

Cohen ordered an internal investigation into the hit show after a string of controversies which saw it criticised by communications watchdog Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules over a ''racial'' term used by Clarkson.

The regulator decided the comment, made by the star during the programme's Burma special screened in March, was offensive.

That came just three months after Clarkson was caught up in another racism row which prompted him to apologise and be given a final warning about his behaviour by the BBC.

In that incident, unaired footage from the programme came to light in which he appeared to use the n-word.

In a letter to The Guardian, Cohen said: "While Jeremy and I disagree on the language some have recently found very offensive, I do not think he or anyone on the Top Gear team are racist."

Cohen said it was "no secret" there had been "some significant issues" on the show recently and said he " instigated a health check...to ensure that there were no further issues".

The show - and Clarkson - have landed in trouble before. An episode filmed in India was criticised by Indian diplomats and the BBC had to apologise to the Mexican ambassador after remarks made by Clarkson and co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond.

Clarkson was criticised by mental health charities after he branded people who throw themselves under trains as ''selfish'' and was forced to apologise for telling BBC1's The One Show that striking workers should be shot.

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10:54am Thu 7 Aug 14

s&k says...

He isn't sexist or class biased either.
He isn't sexist or class biased either. s&k
  • Score: 1

11:02am Thu 7 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

He just says what most people think. Is he really racist, or does he just say controversial things to stir up interest in Top Gear?
He just says what most people think. Is he really racist, or does he just say controversial things to stir up interest in Top Gear? speedy231278
  • Score: 1

8:15pm Thu 7 Aug 14

sparky49 says...

Clarkson may not be racist, however Joan Rivers is. Strange how a Jew can say it's the fault of hundreds of innocent Palestinians that they have lost their lives "as they started it", and very little is said.
Turn roles around and a Muslim says the exact same thing about the few Jew's that have lost their lives and it would be all over the media and Muslims would be accused of being Anti Semitic.
Clarkson may not be racist, however Joan Rivers is. Strange how a Jew can say it's the fault of hundreds of innocent Palestinians that they have lost their lives "as they started it", and very little is said. Turn roles around and a Muslim says the exact same thing about the few Jew's that have lost their lives and it would be all over the media and Muslims would be accused of being Anti Semitic. sparky49
  • Score: 1

7:59am Fri 8 Aug 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

"Clarkson isn't racist, says TV boss"

However, by allowing ethnic slurs such as these isnt' the BBC pandering to what they think is a racist viewing public in much the same way as they have admitted they are pandering to a homophobic viewing public by continuing to ban same-sex dancing couples from featuring on their flagship, primetime show, "Strictly"?
"Clarkson isn't racist, says TV boss" However, by allowing ethnic slurs such as these isnt' the BBC pandering to what they think is a racist viewing public in much the same way as they have admitted they are pandering to a homophobic viewing public by continuing to ban same-sex dancing couples from featuring on their flagship, primetime show, "Strictly"? Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 0

9:19am Fri 8 Aug 14

Counterview says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
"Clarkson isn't racist, says TV boss"

However, by allowing ethnic slurs such as these isnt' the BBC pandering to what they think is a racist viewing public in much the same way as they have admitted they are pandering to a homophobic viewing public by continuing to ban same-sex dancing couples from featuring on their flagship, primetime show, "Strictly"?
I totally agree with your views on racism. Personally, I think Clarkson is a complete waste of space and have more of concern about how much of our licence fees are being spent on giving him time to air his views.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: "Clarkson isn't racist, says TV boss" However, by allowing ethnic slurs such as these isnt' the BBC pandering to what they think is a racist viewing public in much the same way as they have admitted they are pandering to a homophobic viewing public by continuing to ban same-sex dancing couples from featuring on their flagship, primetime show, "Strictly"?[/p][/quote]I totally agree with your views on racism. Personally, I think Clarkson is a complete waste of space and have more of concern about how much of our licence fees are being spent on giving him time to air his views. Counterview
  • Score: 6
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