Doncaster Top Gear star Jeremy Clarkson has begged for forgiveness after he appeared to use the N-word while filming.
In a video statement posted online on his Twitter account, he said that he had tried to obscure the word when reciting the “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” nursery rhyme to chose between two cars, but that his efforts to do so “weren’t quite good enough”.
Clarkson had previously denied the allegations, telling his 3.2 million Twitter followers: “I did not use the N-word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time.”
Footage of the incident was later posted on The Daily Mirror website.
In it Clarkson recites the beginning of the children’s nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” before apparently mumbling: “Catch a n***** by his toe.”
His apology came after a number of calls to sack the controversial presenter who has been embroiled in a number of controversies about his presenting style over the years.