Presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been cleared of wrongdoing by TV broadcasting watchdogs in the U.K. after declaring Britain's striking workers should be "shot".
The outspoken Top Gear star appeared on topical U.K. TV series The One Show in November (11) and discussed the widespread public sector strikes, ranting: "I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families."
His comments sparked more than 30,000 complaints and media regulator Ofcom launched an investigation to determine whether Clarkson broke broadcasting rules on taste and decency.
Ofcom has now ruled that although the remarks were "potentially offensive", they were "not in breach" of the broadcasting code.
Chief executive Ed Richards adds, "Editorial content and the editorial nature of the programme as a whole would have prepared viewers for the type of comments Jeremy Clarkson would be likely to make.
"In Ofcom's view, viewers' expectations would also have been influenced by Jeremy Clarkson's well-established public persona. We considered that it would have been clear to most viewers that his comments were not an expression of serious held beliefs or views that should be literally interpreted."