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Can Jeremy Clarkson talk himself out of his latest gaffe?

Jeremy Clarkson has ridiculed TV bosses for being obsessed with having “black Muslim lesbians” on shows to balance out the numbers of white heterosexual men.

Clarkson's comments follow the Strictly Come Dancing race row which saw veteran presenter Bruce Forsyth forced to backtrack in a formal BBC statement after he said the nation should get a “sense of humour” over Anton Du Beke's “slip up” of referring to celebrity dance partner Laila Rouass as a “Paki”.

Brucie's later statement, issued through the BBC, emphasised that “racially offensive language is never either funny or acceptable”.

Clarkson made his comments in a column for November’s Top Gear magazine.

He was not referring to the Strictly row, but to a barrage of questions from people working in the media about the lack of female presenters on BBC's Top Gear.

He said: “The problem is that television executives have got it into their heads that if one presenter on a show is a blonde-haired, blue-eyed heterosexual boy, the other must be a black Muslim lesbian.

“Chalk and cheese, they reckon, works. But here we have Top Gear setting new records after six years using cheese and cheese. It confuses them.”

Clarkson went on to defend women drivers and ask why there are not more of them in Formula One.

He said: “Unlike furious thin-lipped feminists, I tend not to draw distinctions between men and women, apart from in bed where you really do need to spot the differences. At work, girls are just people. It's the same story at parties and it's especially the same on the road.

“The worst driver in the world is Top Gear's studio director ... He cannot park without kerbing the wheels and he cannot get into his own drive without crashing.”

He heaped praise on the skills of racing driver and TV presenter Vicki Butler-Henderson, which led him to ask: “Why is Formula One more male than the lavatories at a Turkish steam room?”

Clarkson continued: “We only need look at Baroness Thatcher to know what women can be like when they want to get in front. Maybe that's the answer. The Maggon. She's small. She's got the killer instinct. She could be just what the sport needs.”

Belfast Telegraph