Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
Director of television Danny Cohen said he found it 'entirely unacceptable'
"It's like football clubs. No-one is bigger than the club," said Cohen. "No one show or person is bigger than the BBC and that includes me. I found (the language) entirely unacceptable."
Clarkson was criticised by the BBC Trust after a Top Gear special in which he referred to "a slope" on a bridge, which was being crossed by a Thai man.
He previously expressed regret for a an outtake from Top Gear in which he could be heard to utter the N-word while reciting the rhyme "Eenie Meenie Minee Mo".
Clarkson has been criticised for jokes about Mexicans and other national groups during previous editions of Top Gear.
But Cohen revealed that Clarkson had rejected criticisms of his language when the pair had discussed the director of television's unhappiness with the presenter's behaviour.
"He doesn't see a problem with some of the language he has used," said Cohen. "He feels differently about it from me."
Cohen said he did not think it was appropriate for the hit show to be transferred from BBC2 to BBC1, in line with a similar move made by The Great British Bake Off
Video: Jeremy Clarkson begs forgiveness over racism allegations
Discussing the future of BBC2, Cohen said the channel would be broadcasting a series on the history of Black Britain and showing what he described as "Britain's first transgender comedy", called Boy Meets Girl.
In the Autumn, BBC2 will broadcast Castles in the Sky, a drama on the invention of radar, starring Eddie Izzard.
Music Why this music festival is still the place to spot the next big thing
Film review Michael Glatze biopic isn't about a self-hating gay man gone straight
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Finland schools: Subjects scrapped and replaced with 'topics' as country reforms its education system
- 2 The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
- 3 Watch: Man takes selfie every mile of 2,600 mile hike, creates amazing timelapse video
- 4 The day I starred in Only Fools and Horses
- 5 Scientists have discovered a simple way to cook rice that dramatically cuts the calories
Britain's first cinema flickers back to life following £6m refurbishment
Zayn Malik already working on solo material, just days after quitting One Direction
A historian gave the most British look of despair when someone screwed up Richard III's birthday at his reburial
James May hints Top Gear days are over following Jeremy Clarkson's BBC exit
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
JK Rowling responds to fan tweeting she 'can't see' Dumbledore being gay
Jeremy Clarkson sacked live: Alan Yentob 'wouldn't rule out' ex Top Gear host's BBC return
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
Germanwings plane crash: Co-pilot Andreas Lubitz wanted to 'do something people would remember him for'