Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that the man has a way with words! Since making his entry on Top Gear back in 2002, Jeremy Clarkson has been in the papers for one comment or another! Here’s a list of his 10 most controversial quotes –
10. Burka comments
On distractions when driving: “Honestly, the burka doesn’t work. I was in a cab in Piccadilly the other day when a woman in a full burka crossing the road in front of me tripped over the pavement, went head over heels and up it came, red G-string and stockings.”
“If we are being honest HIV is a pathetic virus, it can only live in the air for 6 seconds and it does what ebola does to you in 10 days in 10 years”
8. The ‘N-word’ row
In a Top Gear outtake, Clarkson recited the beginning of the children’s nursery rhyme “eeny, meeny, miny, moe” before apparently mumbling: “Catch a n****r by his toe.” He later wrote in the Sun: “I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked.”
7. Mexico insults
Richard Hammond joked that Mexican cars reflected national characteristics, saying they were “just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat”. May described Mexican food as “like sick with cheese on it”. Clarkson predicted they would not get any complaints because “at the Mexican embassy, the ambassador is going to be sitting there with a remote control like this [snores]. They won’t complain, it’s fine.” The BBC was forced to apologise to the Mexican ambassador but also defended the show’s presenters, saying national stereotyping was part of British humour.
6. Sarah Jessica Parker
“People think ‘oh she must be pretty’. She isn’t – she looks like a boiled horse”
5. ‘TV obsessed with hiring black Muslim lesbians’
Clarkson told Top Gear magazine: “The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blond-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a black Muslim lesbian. Chalk and cheese, they reckon, works. But here we have Top Gear setting new records after six years using cheese and cheese. It confuses them.”
4. Lorry drivers
While driving a lorry: “What matters to lorry drivers? Murdering prostitutes? Fuel economy?” He added: “This is a hard job [driving a lorry] and I’m not just saying this to win favour with lorry drivers: change gear; change gear; change gear; check your mirrors; murder a prostitute … ” Media watchdog Ofcom cleared Clarkson, ruling that the comments were justified by the context in which they were made.
3. Richard Hammond crash
Clarkson: “You can see from the tape that the tyre is starting to come apart. now why didn’t you spot that?!”
Hammond: “I had a lot on: i was doing 288 mph.”
Clarkson: “What do you mean you had a lot on? I can be in the office on the phone, doing the paperwork, kids are shouting at me, wife etc, if a lion walks in, I’m going to notice it!”
2. Ferrari Speciale Needs
On the Ferrari F430 Speciale: “it was a bit wrong … that smiling front end … it looked like a simpleton … [it] should have been called the 430 Speciale Needs”.
1. Indian incident
While driving a Jaguar around an Indian slum with a toilet fitted in the boot: “This is perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots.” He also made jokes about Indian clothes, trains and even the country’s history.