The BBC has apologized after one their most popular hosts called to have striking public workers killed “in front of their families.”
Labor unions claimed Wednesday that as many as two million public workers joined a strike over cuts in pension rights as part of an austerity program by the British government.
In an interview on BBC’s The One Show Wednesday, Jeremy Clarkson, host of BBC’s Top Gear, was asked about the strikes that had affected “schools, hospitals, airports, even driving tests.”
“Frankly, I’d have them all shot!” Clarkson exclaimed.
“I would take them outside and execute them in front of their families. I mean how dare they go on strike when they’ve got these gilt-edged pensions that are going to be guaranteed while the rest of us have to work for a living?”
Those remarks left The One Show host Matt Baker making an on-air apology at the end of the show.
“Although we enjoy Jeremy’s views, which he sometimes exaggerates for comical effect, we are seriously sorry if his comments about deaths on the railways has upset anyone,” Baker explained.
British Prime Minister David Cameron told ITV Thursday that he hadn’t see the interview but, “it’s a silly thing to say.”
Clarkson has a history of controversial remarks, from the suggestion that Hyundai employees had “eaten a dog” to reportedly calling former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a “cunt.”
As a BBC employee, Clarkson is essentially paid by the same British taxpayers who he was calling to have executed.
Watch this video from BBC’s The One Show, broadcast Nov. 30, 2011.