BBC Investigated 'Top Gear' Amid Racism Concerns, Complaints (Report)
The globally successful car show has been dogged by controversy, with host Jeremy Clarkson forced to apologize and a media regulator recently calling one of his on-air comments offensive
BBC Director of Television Danny Cohen ordered an internal investigation of the hit BBC2 car show Top Gear after a series of gaffes from presenters and continued concerns about racism on the show reported The Guardian on Tuesday.
The investigation covered the show's culture and practices with the crew working on the show to be asked if they thought the program was racist. The investigation will also look at whether they were intimidated into not speaking out about offensive behavior or segments.
Hosts Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond as well as executive producer Andy Wilman were among the people interviewed for the investigation.
The investigation also looked at the relationship between BBC management and the producers of Top Gear and whether there was a breakdown in that relationship that has fuelled past controversies. BBC execs are looking to make sure the Top Gear hosts are "aware of their responsibilities" and the conduct expected of stars on the public broadcaster.
Clarkson has been at the center of several racial controversies on the show, most recently when he was forced to apologize for using the N-word. On July 28, the U.K. television regulator Ofcom found that Clarkson used "deliberately" offensive language in a Top Gear special shot in Burma.