BBC apologises over Clarkson

THE BBC has apologised after Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson described a car as “special needs”.

Ofcom investigated after the joke, made by Clarkson about a Ferrari owned by co-host James May, provoked complaints.

He said the F430 Speciale “looked like a simpleton” and should have been called “Speciale Needs” on the BBC2 show.

Comparing it to a newer model, he said the car “was a bit wrong – that smiling front end – it looked like a simpleton – should have been called the 430 Speciale Needs”.

The BBC removed the joke from the repeats and apologised for any offence caused. Ofcom said due to the BBC’s apology and lack of offensive intent the case was now resolved.


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