Top Gear sorry over Clarkson joke

Published Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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An executive producer of hit BBC motoring show Top Gear has confessed his regrets over the broadcast of an offensive joke during an episode last month.

Top Gear sorry over Clarkson joke

Host Jeremy Clarkson sparked outrage among some viewers during a segment in a Top Gear: Burma Special programme when he looked at a bridge over the River Kwai and told his co-hosts: "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it," as a man headed across the walkway.

Actress Somi De Souza was so offended she instructed a legal team to demand an apology and accused the BBC of unlawful discrimination, and the show's boss has now admitted he regrets broadcasting the "light-hearted" remark.

Executive producer Andy Wilman confessed the "slope" comment was a "joke referencing both the build quality of the bridge and the local Asian man who was crossing it", adding: "(We) regret any offence caused."

He says: "We were not aware at the time, and it has subsequently been brought to our attention, that the word 'slope' is considered by some to be offensive.

"Although it might not be widely recognised in the UK, we appreciate that it can be considered offensive to some here and overseas, for example in Australia and the USA. If we had known that at the time we would not have broadcast the word in this context."

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Rod in Carrickfergus wrote (181 days ago):
Prat
big belly laugh in n iron wrote (181 days ago):
I'll happily shake the hand of anyone who dares not to be politically correct these days.
Joey in Belfast wrote (181 days ago):
I for one like top gear, I may be thick but I have never heard the term 'slope' before. Clarkson's a legend, he has made the show what it is today... It's entertainment, now I'm not nieve enough to think it isn't scripted, everything is said and done for a reason. Good on ya Jeremy, the more they run you down the more the ratings will go up. Oh and @'rubbish show in Belfast' go and watch fifth gear, oh sorry you can't 'cos it's not on ;)
anna in lisburn wrote (183 days ago):
I love top gear
anna in lisburn wrote (183 days ago):
he named his dog after a football people name their pets after people
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