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Clarkson comment did not break code

Jeremy Clarkson has been cleared of breaching the broadcasting code by watchdog Ofcom after comparing a Japanese car to people with growths on their faces.

The presenter got into trouble after 41 people complained following the comments on Top Gear in February.

He made the comments while talking about a camper van and then slurred his speech in what appeared to be an impression of the Elephant Man, before co-presenter Richard Hammond called the vehicle an "elephant car".

Ofcom cleared Clarkson of breaching the code but it is not the first time he has found himself in trouble for on-air comments.

He faced a storm of protest from mental health charities after he branded people who throw themselves under trains as "selfish".

That came after he was forced to apologise for telling BBC1's The One Show that striking workers should be shot.

The motoring show has seen more than its share of controversy. Earlier this year Indian diplomats complained about a special edition of the programme filmed in the country.

The 90-minute India special included a car fitted with a toilet in the boot which Clarkson said was "perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots".

The BBC was forced to apologise to the Mexican ambassador last year after remarks made by Clarkson and co-hosts James May and Hammond.

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