Just when you thought 2011 would be over for the Jeremy Clarkson, the man whose TOP GEAR “Mexican Sports Car” segment seemed to offend almost every Latino in the world earlier this year, the BBC’s controversial TV star was facing even more problems last week in the UK.
It all started with this rant on November 30 episode of the BBC’s The One Show. When asked about the recent general strike that recently occurred in the UK, Clarkson had this to say:
Maybe the 1% has a new spokesperson?
As you might expect, Clarkson and the BBC were barraged with complaints, so much so that the popular host of TOP GEAR had to issue a somewhat more sincere formal apology (unlike the silly one he did during the Mexican controversy).
“I was just making a joke about the BBC’s need to be impartial. If you listen to the whole interview, you’ll see there isn’t a case to answer.
“I started by saying I supported the strikers. Obviously, because it’s the BBC, I have to be impartial. So then I said they should be shot.“Most people who are complaining haven’t seen the full interview. It’s a knee-jerk reaction.”
Clarkson’s initial comments on The One Show received over 5,000 complaints to the BBC, as reported by the British media. Even the Prime Minister, David Cameron (a friend of Clarkson’s), called it a “silly thing to say.”
Ah, Jeremy, you just can’t stop.