Jeremy Clarkson to face Ofcom probe over comments on ‘The One Show’

The regulator will investigate presenter's comments over public sector strikes

Jeremy Clarkson will face an Ofcom probe over his controversial comments on The One Show, it has emerged.

The Top Gear presenter caused uproar when he said that striking public sector workers should be executed in front of their families. The regulator has now received almost 800 complaints from viewers, and so will launch an investigation, according to

A spokesperson said: “Ofcom has taken the decision to investigate comments made by Jeremy Clarkson on BBC One’s The One Show. We will make the outcome of the investigation known in due course.”

Last week, BBC director general Mark Thompson defended Clarkson, telling MPs on a Commons select committee that he would not be sacked over a “couple of flippant remarks” that were made “entirely in jest,” despite them prompting 32,000 complaints to the broadcaster.