BBC's Jeremy Clarkson apologizes for N-word use on 'Top Gear'
The Mirror was the news outlet that initially brought the racist remark to light, and Clarkson initially responded by tweeting, "I did not use the n word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone too far this time." He since has posted a video response with the tagline, "this is my statement."
"Ordinarily, I don't respond to newspaper allegations, but on this occasion, I feel I must make an exception. A couple of years ago I recorded an item for 'Top Gear' in which I quoted the rhyme 'Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe.' Of course, I was well aware that in the best known version of this rhyme, there is a racist expression that I was extremely keen to avoid," Clarkson explains.
Clarkson says he did everything within his power to make sure production didn't use this clip, and even brings out a note he sent asking for a different take to be used. Still, he says he's now "begging your forgiveness" because his efforts "weren't quite good enough."