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Saturday 19 August 2017

My sweary rant was all in jest - Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has described the past week as "turbulent" and claimed he was joking when he appeared to criticise BBC bosses during an expletive-laden rant at a charity event.

The suspended Top Gear presenter said that he woke on Friday to the news his on-stage speech at the charity gala for young people in London the previous evening had been videoed, and was told off by his lawyer.

Writing in The Sunday Times, Clarkson said it had all been in good humour.

He wrote: "It was all meant in jest and anyway it worked.

"By being brief, controversial and a bit sweary I woke the room up and the auction prize I was offering - one last lap of the Top Gear test track - raised £100,000."

Clarkson, who was suspended after allegedly punching producer Oisin Tymon during a row which took place after filming, had appeared to suggest he may be sacked from the popular show and criticised the corporation's executives.

He told charity event guests: "To be in the audience of Top Gear there was an 18-year waiting list. You know the BBC has f***** themselves, and so who gives a f***?

"It was a great show and they f***** it up," he added.

Postponed

Meanwhile, four Top Gear live shows that were scheduled to take place in Norway next week have been postponed.

As well as the Clarkson situation, it is understood the postponement was announced to give fans enough notice to cancel travel and accommodation plans and because work to prepare the venue would have needed to start well in advance of the shows.

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