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02/05/2014 03:29 BST | Updated 02/05/2014 03:59 BST

Jeremy Clarkson 'Begs For Forgiveness' In Video Apology After He Appears To Use The N-Word During 'Top Gear' Filming (WATCH)

Jeremy Clarkson has filmed a video in which he 'begs for forgiveness' after he appeared to use the n-word as he filmed an episode of 'Top Gear'.

In footage that emerged this week, the presenter can be seen choosing between two cars, and then chanting the rhyme 'Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…", before mumbling under his breath, and appearing to say “Catch a n***** by his toe.”

Clarkson has now admitted that when he listened to the recording it does sound like he uses the racist term but denies that was his intention and says he went to great lengths to avoid saying it.

In the video, he says: "Ordinarily I don't respond to newspaper allegations but on this occasion I feel I must make an exception.

"If you listen very carefully with the sound turned right up it did appear that I'd actually used the word I was trying to obscure. I was mortified by this… horrified. It is a word I loathe."

But after finding himself at the centre of yet another race row, as well as offering an explanation he also issued a grovelling apology in the video.

"I am sitting here begging your forgiveness," he said. "For the fact that my efforts obviously weren't quite good enough."

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