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Uploaded on Dec 3, 2011
In this complete report from the BBC, we hear the ful exchange. Clarkson said "fantastic" as they had left the British capital London "empty". It was "like being back in the 70s", according to Clarkson. He went on to caution that "we have to balance this though, because this is the BBC" before saying of the striking public sector workers: "Frankly, I'd have them all shot. I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean, how dare they go on strike when they have these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?" Immediately after the remarks were made, The One Show presenters clarified that these comments was personal opinion, to which Clarkson replied: "They're not. I've just given two views for you." Presenter Matt Baker apologised about the comments before the end of the broadcast. In the aftermath of the broadcast, by yesterday morning BBC Audience Services were contacted in relation to the matter 21,954 times, with 619 comments and 21,335 complaints amongst them. Clarkson was supported in 314 messages. A spokesperson for the BBC confirmed that the The One Show episode would not be made available to view on BBC iPlayer, the BBC's on-demand service, because the episode generated so many complaints.
This report highlights other explosive things Clarkson has said over the years.
To my mind the expression on newsreader Hue Edwards' face said it all.