RACE STORM: Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson
TOP GEAR presenter Jeremy Clarkson has denied allegations he used the N-word when filming the hit BBC series.
The 54-year-old was allegedly heard reciting the offensive rhyme ‘eeny, meeny, miny, mo’ - which contains the line, ‘catch a n****r by his toe’ - in unaired footage.
The allegations, reported in the Mirror comes just weeks after Clarkson tweeted a picture of his black West Highland terrier and revealed he had named it after Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba.
But this morning, Clarkson took to Twitter to deny the allegations, telling his three million followers: “I did not use the n word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time.”
According to the Mirror, Clarkson uttered the N-word during filming of the third episode of Top Gear series 19 as the star reviewed the £25,000 Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ - which costs around the same amount.
OFFENSIVE: Clarkson tweeted a picture of his black West Highland terrier and revealed he had named it after Ivory Coast footballer Didier Drogba
Telling viewers that they may find it difficult to differentiate between the two vehicles he demonstrated how to do it using the child's counting rhyme.
Audio forensic experts studied the clip and confirmed to the newspaper that, in their view, Clarkson had used the word.
A BBC spokesman said the corporation wanted to establish the facts before commenting.
Just last week the executive producer of Top Gear admitted Clarkson had called an Asian man a 'slope' when he joked about the construction of a bridge in Thailand during an episode.
There was outcry when he used the word, a derogatory term for people of Asian descent, during the show's two-part Burma special, screened in March this year.