Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson is in trouble again with Britain’s media watchdog Ofcom after describing a car as “special needs” in an episode which aired in August.
Clarkson said the Ferrari F430 Speciale was “a bit wrong … that smiling front end … it looked like a simpleton … [it] should have been called the 430 Speciale Needs”.
The BBC said it regretted that the comments had caused offence to some viewers and removed the reference from a repeat of the show on BBC2 and online.
Ofcom took into account Top Gear‘s “irreverent style and sometimes outspoken humour” but said “discriminatory language of this nature has the potential to be very offensive to some viewers, as it could be seen to single out certain sections of society in a derogatory way because of their disability.
“In Ofcom’s opinion, while obviously intended as a joke and not aimed directly at an individual with learning difficulties, the comment could easily be understood as ridiculing people in society with a particular physical disability or learning difficulty.”
Clarkson’s blunt style has seen him reprimanded before for his comments on previous occasions.
During a car challenge earlier this year he also referred to his co-stars Richard Hammond and James May as “a lunatic and a retard.”