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Jeremy Clarkson apologises (sort of...)

Jeremy Clarkson issued an apology for his controversial joke about the public worker strikes as he flew out of the country yesterday.

The Top Gear presenter was being interviewed on the One Show when he joked that the strikers should be executed in front of their families.

His comments sparked outrage among many viewers and prompted thousands of complaints to the BBC.

Asked for his reaction to the controversy, Clarkson said: "See what I actually said and then judge.

"I didn’t for a moment intend these remarks to be taken seriously – as I believe is clear if they’re seen in context.

"If the BBC and I have caused any offence, I’m quite happy to apologise for it alongside them."

Sources inside the BBC claim that the short video clip that has received hundreds of thousand of views distorts the conversation and divorces it from its context.

Have a read of the full transcript and make up your own mind...

Matt Baker: Now, at the end of a day where Britain has seen some of its biggest strikes, what we need is someone calm and level-headed.

Alex Jones: Yep, a guest with balanced, uncontroversial opinions, who makes great effort not to offend.

Matt Baker: And we've got Jeremy Clarkson!

[studio laughs]

Jeremy Clarkson: Thank you very much.

Matt Baker: So Jeremy, schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests have been affected. Do you the strikes are a good idea?

Jeremy Clarkson: It's been fantastic. Seriously, never had … London today has just been empty. Everybody stayed at home, you could whizz about, your restaurants were empty.

Alex Jones: The traffic actually has been very good today.

Jeremy Clarkson: Very light. Now airports, you know, people streaming through with no problems at all and it's also like being back in the 70s, it makes me feel at home somehow.

Alex Jones: Do you know anybody who …

Matt Baker: [interrupts – inaudible] – being on strike today?

Jeremy Clarkson: What, in public service? Of course I don't. No, absolutely. We have to balance it though, don't we because this is the BBC.

Alex Jones and Matt Baker: Exactly.

Jeremy Clarkson: Frankly, I'd have them all shot!

[studio laughs]

Jeremy Clarkson: 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?

Matt Baker: Well, on that note of balancing an opinion of course those are Jeremy's views.

Jeremy Clarkson: I just … ! I was just giving two views for you!

Alex Jones: Well, we will be talking to Jeremy more later.

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