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06/05/2014 15:15 BST | Updated 06/05/2014 15:59 BST

Jeremy Clarkson's 'Top Gear' 'Slope' Remark Being Investigated By Ofcom For Racism

Jeremy Clarkson is facing further trouble with reports that communications watchdog Ofcom is launching an investigation into whether a "light-hearted" remark by him on 'Top Gear' in fact breached broadcasting guidelines.

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The moment on Top Gear that Ofcom is investigating...

During a recent episode on the motoring show, filmed in Burma and Thailand and shown in March, Jeremy and co-host Richard Hammond were filmed building a bridge over the River Kwai. When a south-east Asian man was filmed on the bridge, Jeremy remarked, "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it."

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The word 'slope' is a derogatory term for south-east Asians, and Ofcom will investigate whether this remark constituted a breach of standards.

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Jeremy Clarkson has been in the news this week more than the BBC would like

At the time, one of the show's producers apologised for what he termed a "light-hearted" remark by Jeremy.

This latest debacle comes only a week after the controversial host was hauled over the coals for using the N-word under his breath during some footage, which wasn't transmitted. Although he initially denied using the word, Jeremy Clarkson later released a video begging for viewers' forgiveness, and saying he was on his last warning as far as the BBC were concerned.

And only yesterday it was reported that the presenter's wife was Frances was divorcing him after 21 years of marriage, during which time he has been photographed in lip-lock with other women, but always denied affairs.

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