But footage of the incident was later posted on The Daily Mirror website. In it Clarkson recites the beginning of the children's nursery rhyme "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" before apparently mumbling: "Catch a nigger by his toe."
But in some ways you can blame audiences for that one. Fans of Clarkson love his brash, and sometimes offensive style. That has allowed his TV career to soar in spite of his often offensive remarks.
Still the fans did not put words into his mouth did they?
This is not the first time Clarkson's big mouth has caused him bother, but he has friends in high office. Clarkson is part of the Chipping Norton set. He is a close pal of PM David Cameron.
In 2011 we reported that Clarkson, commenting on a strike on the early evening BBC program, The One Show, was quick to offer his twopennth to the strike debate. Clarkson said, about a set of strikers, that they should all be, "taken out and shot, in front of their families".
He went on to say "how dare they strike. They with their gold plated pensions, Striking whilst we who work hard have to carry on".. Clarkson's comments are often tongue in cheek but his comments caused offence.There followed calls for the BBC to sack him but they did not.In some ways it was a storm in a tea-cup. What Jeremy finds funny is not always the same as other people. He often causes some offence but yet his remarks are allegedly intended to be humorous.
The BBC was forced to offer an apology after lines to the show were inundated with complaints following the strike comments.
David Cameron simply called Clarkson's strike comments a bit silly and shrugged them off.
Ultimately Mr Clarkson apologised saying he had "not intended for the comments on The One Show to be taken seriously and was "happy to apologise" if offence had been cause".
There will be no such easy get out this time though.
Clarkson uploaded a link to a statement by way of his twitter account, @JeremyClarkson
Can Clarkson's career survive this one?
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