Jeremy Clarkson - Jeremy Clarkson 'Execution' Remarks Spark Legal Row
Jeremy Clarkson 's remarks about the recent public sector strikes in the UK have led to trade union Unison taking urgent legal advice. The company have called on the Bbc to sack the Top Gear presenter for the "appalling" comments he made on The One Show on Wednesday afternoon (November 30, 2011).
The Bbc said it received 4,700 complaints after Clarkson said the strikers should be "shot". He told presenters Matt Baker and Alex Jones, "I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families.I mean, how dare they go on strike when they've got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?". Unison, who represents more than a million public sector workers, said it was considering reporting Clarkson to the police. General secretary Dave Prentis told the Press Association, "Clarkson's comments on the One Show were totally outrageous, and they cannot be tolerated. We are seeking urgent legal advice about what further action we can take against him and the Bbc, and whether or not his comments should be referred to the police". The Bbc has already issued an apology over the comments, which also sparked a row on Twitter, with a spokesman saying, "The One Show apologised at the end of the show to viewers who may have been offended by Jeremy Clarkson's comments".
It's not the first time Clarkson, presenter of Top Gear, has caused a stir with his outspoken comments. The Bbc have been forced to apology for his remarks on numerous occasions, including in 2008 when he took part in a Top Gear lorry driving task, reminding himself on camera, "Change gear, change gear, check mirror, murder a prostitute, change gear, change gear, murder. That's a lot of effort in a day".