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.
The segment was later edited out of the BBC broadcast.
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