BBC apologises for Clarkson gaffe

Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson is in hot water again - for describing a car as "special needs".

Clarkson made the joke about a Ferrari owned by co-host James May. Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom was brought in to investigate after receiving complaints, and the BBC has now apologised.

On the BBC2 motoring show, Clarkson said the F430 Speciale "looked like a simpleton" and should have been called "Speciale Needs".

Comparing the Ferrari to a newer model, he said it "was a bit wrong - that smiling front end - it looked like a simpleton - should have been called the 430 Speciale Needs".

The National Autistic Society said the remarks perpetuated "the prejudice and bullying which people with disabilities have to cope with".

The BBC removed the joke from the repeat and iPlayer versions of the show and apologised for any offence caused.

Ofcom said: "The comments made by Jeremy Clarkson in this instance were capable of causing offence."

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