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Labour's Harman: Clarkson 'has no place at BBC'

Deputy Labour leader Harriet Harman has called for the BBC to sack Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson over the use of the N-word.

The shadow culture secretary said anybody who used the word "in whatever context" should have no place at the broadcaster.


Anybody who uses the N-word in public or private in whatever context has no place in the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Her intervention came after Education Secretary Michael Gove urged the corporation not to axe Clarkson.

Pop star Jamelia calls for Jeremy Clarkson to be sacked

Jamelia said she is "offended" when she hears racist language anywhere. Credit: Reuters

Singer Jamelia has called for the BBC to sack Jeremy Clarkson following allegations he used racist language whilst filming Top Gear.

Talking on the Loose Women chat show today, she told her fellow panellists: "Personally, I believe the BBC should exercise zero tolerance. He has got to go.

"He is in a position of power and influence and there are so many people of many different races who watch his shows and that should not be in your vocabulary, it should not be in your head."

"As a black woman I am offended when I hear it anywhere," the Superstar singer said.


Clive Anderson: 'Clarkson was ill advised' over rhyme

British radio and television presenter Clive Anderson has said that Jeremy Clarkson was "ill advised" to say a possible racist rhyme during a Top Gear recording.

He continued by saying the rhyme was "used casually" in the past and is unsure whether looking at Top Gear outtakes is a way to "asses Clarkson's contribution to the nation."

More: Jeremy Clarkson 'begs for forgiveness' over N-word claims

Michael Gove: 'Clarkson has been clear in his apology'

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has said an alleged racist word used by Jeremy Clarkson during filming of a Top Gear episode was "horrendous and shouldn't be used," but said the apology from the presenter should be enough.

The Education Secretary said that Clarkson has been 'clear in his apology' Credit: ITV - Good Morning Britain

Speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain he said: "It seems to me this is a word he never intended to mutter or broadcast.

"He has been clear in his apology and we should leave matters there."

Read more: Jeremy Clarkson 'begs for forgiveness' over N-word claims

MP: Clarkson's apologies 'are now running out'

Controversial Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is "running out" of apologies and should step down from the publicly funded BBC, a Labour MP has told Good Morning Britain.

Jim Sheridan, who sits on the Culture, Media and Sports Committee, has written to the BBC to demand Clarkson's resignation after he was filmed allegedly using the n-word.

"The BBC is funded by the taxpayer. And I don't think the taxpayer should be subjected to people like Jeremy Clarkson, who uses and insults people by his comments. So it is time for him to go."


Clarkson 'wishes to God' that cover up was better

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has told The Sun newspaper that he "wishes to God" that his attempts to cover up a racist word during filming for Top Gear had been better.

Clarkson has become embroiled in a public racism row following claims that he has used the n-word while reciting a rhyme.

I wish to God that my attempts to cover up that word were better than they were.

I was simply mumbling - saying 'ner ner' or something similar, anything but the N-word.

It was my mistake and I apologise for not covering it up.

But if you look at the footage you can see what I'm trying to do.

I've racked my brains to think if there is another way to do it without doing eenie, meenie, miny, mo. It was a good hour.

What we did was entirely innocent. I would invite my readers to tell me of an alternative.

– Jeremy Clarkson - The Sun

The segment was later edited out of the BBC broadcast.

More: Jeremy Clarkson 'begs for forgiveness' over N-word claims

Clarkson 'should be sacked' over N-word furore

Jeremy Clarkson should be sacked for gross misconduct after appearing to use the N-word in Top Gear filming, said a solicitor who has made a formal complaint to the BBC about the footage.

Lawrence Davies, director of the law firm Equal Justice Solicitors, said a "racist part" of the Top Gear audience "lapped up" the "racist language laced into the script" of the BBC show.

'I did everything in my power to not use N-word'

Here is the full statement made by Jeremy Clarkson in a video posted tonight:

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.

Now, 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.

The full rushes show that I did three takes. In two I mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur and in the third, I replaced it all together with the word 'teacher'.

Now when I viewed this footage, several weeks later, I realised that in one of the mumbled versions, if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear that I'd actually used the word I was trying to obscure.

I was mortified by this, horrified, it is a word I loath. And I did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the programme that was transmitted.

In fact, I have here the note I sent at the time to the production office.

And it says, 'I didn't use the n-word here but I've just listened through my headphones and it sounds like I did. Is there another take that we could use?'

Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word.

And as I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness for that fact that obviously my efforts weren't quite good enough.

Clarkson 'begs for forgiveness' over N-word claims

Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has said he is "horrified" that it sounded as though he used racist language while filming an episode and was "begging your forgiveness" for the fact it appeared he did.

In a video posted on his Twitter account tonight, he said: "When I viewed this footage, I realised that if you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up, it did appear I actually used the word I was trying to obscure."

He added: "Please be assured I did everything in my power to not use that word."

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