Danny Cohen, the BBC’s Director of Television, has said that the corporation doesn’t think Jeremy Clarkson is racist but confirms that he is awful.
“I am convinced that Jeremy Clarkson is not racist,” Cohen wrote in a letter to the Guardian, “but merely a bully who mocks anyone who isn’t experiencing the world from his bubble of privilege.”
“Top Gear is a very flawed program,” the letter continues. “However it makes the BBC millions upon millions a year so we’re no more likely to axe it or sack Clarkson than we are to broadcast balanced coverage of the Gaza crisis.”
“So let’s everyone lighten up and look forward to the new series of Top Gear and some more ‘top bants’ from the lads.”
Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond have a combined age of 149.