In some ways it is a storm in a tea-cup. What Jeremy finds funny is not always the same as other people. He often causes some offence but yet his remarks are intended to be humorous.
Is this the case again?
On the One Show, Clarkson said, about the strikers, that they should all be, "taken out and shot, in front of their families". He went on to say "how dare they strike. They with their gold plated pensions, Striking whilst we who work hard have to carry on".
His attack was brief but caused offence.
By the end of the show the BBC were offering an apology. Today one of the Unions involved said they had received around 5,000 complaints. Unison, has called for Mr Clarkson to be sacked. As the morning progressed there were reports that the police were to be contacted about Clarkson.
Although in some ways it all sounds silly and frivolous Clarkson was out of order. Labelling all public sector workers as having gold plated pensions and never working hard is wrong. The only gold plated public sector pensions these days tend be for former politicians. As an overpaid so called celebrity Clarkson should choose his words more carefully.
What will be assessed as an appropriate response to Clarkson's silly words is not clear, Will he keep his job? Maybe. Was he wrong? You decide.
UPDATE: Mr Clarkson has now apologised. He said that he had "not intended for the comments on The One Show to be taken seriously and was "happy to apologise" if offence had been cause".
The BBC, the show's producers apologised also saying, "The One Show is a live topical programme which often reflects the day's talking points. Usually we get it right, but on this occasion we feel the item wasn't perfectly judged. The BBC and Jeremy would like to apologise for any offence caused"
In the One Show interview Clarkson said:
Although his comments were no doubt meant in fun and to portray his often off the wall humour they were ill timed. UK Public Sector workers had received a financial attack in Tuesday's government mini budget and just spent a day on the picket lines and attending rallies.
Eileen Kersey manages TEK Staff Blog