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Bad year in rear-view mirror for Top Gear, says show's boss

Top Gear boss Andy Wilman said last year was "an annus horribilis" for the controversial motoring show after it came under fire over claims of racism and caused a near-riot in Argentina.

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson had to apologise when unscreened footage emerged of him mumbling the n-word while reciting the children's nursery rhyme "eeny, meeny, miny, moe" to choose between two cars.

The show was also censured by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules after Clarkson used a "racial" term during the programme's Burma special.

The year ended with its crew forced to flee Argentina after trouble erupted when it emerged they were using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, which some suggested could refer to the Falklands conflict of 1982.

Mr Wilman told Broadcast Magazine's Talking TV podcast: "We're knackered after last year because last year was a horrible year." The latest series of the show starts on BBC2 on January 25.

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