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'Top Gear' Host Jeremy Clarkson Under Fire for 'Gay' Twitter Pic


Jeremy Clarkson, the host of the UK's car show Top Gear, posted a photo on Twitter his friends had taken of him after he had fallen asleep on a plane.

A piece of paper with the words "gay c--t" scrawled on it was held near Clarkson's head.

The Independent reports:

The famously acerbic TV personality then shared the image on his Twitter account alongside the caption: "Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane."

After attracting a barrage of protesting tweets, the 53-year-old removed the message, posting instead: "I have deleted my last tweet and would like to apologise profusely to anyone who I upset while I was asleep."

However, it is unclear whether Clarkson posted the picture himself, or whether that too was a practical joke played by his ‘hilarious’ Top Gear co-stars.

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  1. They're in their 60's. Did they adulthood?

    Posted by: gerrroutofit | Jan 17, 2014 8:42:55 AM

  2. (miss)

    Posted by: gerrroutofit | Jan 17, 2014 8:43:05 AM

  3. Again, I use the race test: if that card had said "nigg-r" would you think that any of them would still think it funny, or that they would even continue to have a job? They should ALL be fired. No excuses, not rationalizations, no blaming it on a prank in poor taste.

    Posted by: atomic | Jan 17, 2014 8:57:15 AM

  4. They've always been anti-pc in their humor, but it's also always self-directed, so they get away with it. You can tell they are otherwise fair minded.

    Posted by: anon | Jan 17, 2014 9:28:33 AM

  5. This picture has appeared elsewhere in its uncensored form. If you're going to Photoshop an image in a news article, you should acknowledge it. Towleroad is not a Tumblr blog.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jan 17, 2014 9:32:28 AM

  6. No point. The man's a neanderthal who can't relate emotionally to anything but machines who appeals to other neanderthals who can't relate emotionally to anything but machines.

    Posted by: Charles | Jan 17, 2014 10:12:43 AM

  7. Nothing to see here folks, move along.

    Posted by: dearcomrade | Jan 17, 2014 10:18:47 AM

  8. what's TOP GEAR?

    Posted by: reality | Jan 17, 2014 10:51:42 AM

  9. Top Gear is the world's most popular factual television program, with weekly audiences of about 250 million. The thing to remember about these three is that they are a) 8; b) while they make fun of everyone (themselves most of all and in an often crude manner), they don't actually believe that women shouldn't be able to vote, or that I shouldn't be able to marry the person I love, etc. and; c) they're in their 40s and 50s.

    Posted by: Andrew | Jan 17, 2014 11:19:55 AM

  10. Despicable, but exactly what I would expect from the least-credible and most sophomoric car show on TV anywhere in the world. Top Gear is to automotive journalism as a meth lab is to your local pharmacy.

    Posted by: Tone | Jan 17, 2014 11:21:03 AM

  11. Is the "right to be offended" the New Stalking???

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 17, 2014 11:37:01 AM

  12. So much "Offended Predator" on here nowadays..

    Posted by: Ankerich | Jan 17, 2014 11:49:07 AM

  13. What are they doing?? I actually like this show. It has it's quirky moments but "this" just puzzles me beyond belief.

    Posted by: MickyFlip | Jan 17, 2014 1:48:11 PM

  14. Maybe he is insensitive, but he is not homophobic. I remember a Will Young interview in his show, and he flirted all the time (and the other cohost teased him a lot of times about that interview).

    Posted by: jjose712 | Jan 17, 2014 2:04:49 PM

  15. We really have to start picking our battles.

    Posted by: Cajiva | Jan 17, 2014 3:53:01 PM

  16. It has been one incident after another all the way through his career & the BBC always let him get away with it. He is a sexist, racist & homophobic pri@k. What do you expect from such a self obsessed right winger ?

    Posted by: Icebloo | Jan 17, 2014 6:35:08 PM

  17. The other Top Gear host in the background of that photo is openly gay. Make of that what you will.

    Posted by: pip | Jan 17, 2014 9:11:01 PM

  18. No Pip, James May isn't gay.

    Posted by: Syrax | Jan 17, 2014 9:26:41 PM

  19. who?

    Posted by: KEVolution! | Jan 18, 2014 1:56:40 AM

  20. My god, what a bunch of queens in here.

    Posted by: J | Jan 18, 2014 3:21:08 AM

  21. @Icebloo - You took the words right out of my mouth. Try reading his column in The Sun (if you can stand the horror). If he was American, he'd be a Teabagger. The man is scum.

    Posted by: Jack Ford | Jan 18, 2014 10:01:27 AM

  22. Omg does everyone have to approve of gay lifestyle sorry not going to happen so get over it

    Posted by: bamf | Feb 25, 2014 11:47:38 PM

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