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BBC takes Clarkson N-word claims 'seriously'

The BBC has released a statement saying it has left Jeremy Clarkson "in no doubt about how seriously" it is treating allegations that the presenter used a racist expression during filming of Top Gear.

Jeremy Clarkson has set out the background to this regrettable episode.

We have made it absolutely clear to him, the standards the BBC expects on air and off.

We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this.

– BBC statement

Number 10: 'Sure BBC would look at Clarkson claims'

Officials at Downing Street have indicated that David Cameron - a friend of Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson's - believed that the BBC needed to investigate what happened.

"Any usage of that word would be quite wrong," the Prime Minister's official spokesman said.

Jeremy Clarkson, as the Top Gear host denied claims. Credit: Ben Stansall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"If there are these reports and allegations, I am sure that is something the BBC would look at."

Clarkson has denied claims he used racist language while filming an episode of the hit motoring show.


Jeremy Clarkson dismisses claim he used the N-word

Jeremy Clarkson has denied claims he used the N-word while filming an episode of BBC's Top Gear.


I did not use the n word. Never use it. The Mirror has gone way too far this time.

The Daily Mirror posted a video on its website of the presenter saying a nursery rhyme which it said had been studied by "audio forensic experts."

They claim Clarkson "can be heard chanting: "Eeny, meeny, miny, moe." He then mumbles: "Catch a n***** by his toe'."

A BBC spokeswoman said: "We've seen the story, the Mirror didn't approach us, clearly we'll establish the facts before commenting."


Paxman helped Newsnight after 'difficult' Savile storm

The BBC thanked Jeremy Paxman for agreeing to stay on at Newsnight to help its new editor "following a difficult period" which saw the show lambasted after it pulled a planned expose of Jimmy Savile's sex crimes.

Newsnight was criticised for dropping a Jimmy Savile report in December 2011. Credit: PA

A corporation spokeswoman said: "The BBC is immensely grateful for this gesture, which is entirely in keeping with his outstanding contribution to both Newsnight and, over four decades, the BBC itself."

Paxman will present his last Newsnight show in June.

Paxman 'will continue to present University Challenge'

Jeremy Paxman is set to quit current affairs show Newsnight. Credit: PA

Jeremy Paxman will continue to present University Challenge despite stepping down as the host of Newsnight, the BBC has said.

Paxman has fronted the quiz show since 1994, when it was revived by the BBC having previously been an ITV show presented by Bamber Gascoigne.

Jeremy Paxman: It's time to move on from Newsnight

Jeremy Paxman said he is quitting the flagship current affairs show Newsnight and would like to "go to bed at much the same time as most people".

The broadcaster, one of the most familiar faces on the BBC2 show, is one of the corporation's biggest stars.

Most of Britain's leading politicians have encountered a Jeremy Paxman grilling. Credit: PA

In a statement, he said: "I have decided it is time to move on from Newsnight. After 25 years, I should rather like to go to bed at much the same time as most people.

"This was a decision I reached - and informed the BBC of - last July. I shall work out the remainder of my contract and will not seek another.

"It's been fun. I have had the pleasure of working with lots of clever, creative and amusing people. I think I've been lucky and wish the programme well."

BBC: Paxman 'rare and dazzling talent'

The BBC's Director General Tony Hall hailed Jeremy Paxman's "rare and dazzling talent" after the presenter announced he was quitting the BBC show Newsnight.

This is a particularly poignant moment for me, because I have known Jeremy and relished working with him, since the day I joined the BBC in 1973. And I am therefore better placed than most to know what a remarkable job he has done at Newsnight.

His is a rare and dazzling talent. He has a unique ability to create moments of real discomfort for politicans and memorable delight for audiences. For that cussed brilliance and much more besides, the BBC and our audiences will always be in his debt.

– Tony Hall
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