Re: The BBC Apologise For Jeremy Clarkson...
Apparently later on the same program he also said:
“I do sometimes use the train to come to London but it always stops in Reading. It’s always because somebody has jumped in front of it and somebody has burst. You just think, why have we stopped because we’ve hit somebody? What’s the point of stopping? It won’t make them better.”
The thing is that if established comedians came out with these things they could probably get away with it because they're saying it for a laugh, not because they really mean it - it's their job and you can take it or leave on that basis.
However, Clarkson describes himself and a broadcaster, journalist and writer. The impression given by the man is that somewhere deep down he actually beleives these things.