Jeremy Clarkson is a cultural tumour and needs to be removed, says comedian Frankie Boyle

Boyle also laid into Rupert Murdoch and criticised the lack of female panelists on TV shows

Jeremy Clarkson has been called a number of things but this could be the first time he’s been referred to as a “cultural tumour” – called that by comedian Frankie Boyle who is pleading for the Top Gear presenter to be sacked.

Boyle was speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival when he laid into Clarkson, who he said is only tolerated thanks to having friends in high places.

He said that Clarkson “comes from a very bad place and the reason he's tolerated is that he's recognised by people in power … in fact he's a friend of [David] Cameron's,” reports The Guardian.

“He's in there like a f***ing growth and he should be removed because he's horrible. Sack him because he's a cultural tumour.”

Boyle’s comments come after increasing infuriation at language and behaviour displayed by Clarkson that is considered racist, for example his muttering the N-word while reciting a version of children’s rhyme “Eeeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” in an unaired clip of Top Gear that emerged earlier this year.

 

Clarkson said at the time: “I was mortified by this, horrified, it is a word I loath. And I did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the programme that was transmitted.

“I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness for the fact my efforts obviously weren't quite good enough.”

Clarkson wasn’t the only public figure that Boyle aimed his vitriol at, also attacking media mogul Rupert Murdoch for being “obviously a c*** and f***ing tumour”, despite having been previously hired by the tycoon’s newspaper, The Sun, to write a column.

He then said that the newspaper was “easier to get jokes into than the BBC”, particularly those on thorny subjects like war.

Jeremy Clarkson has been labelled a Clarkson has been labelled a "cultural tumour" by Boyle Scot Boyle also criticised the lack of female panellists on TV shows saying “how hard is it?” and claimed that he had tried to get more women on Never Mind the Buzzcocks while guest hosting it, but his suggestion had been dismissed.

Earlier this week the BBC’s Director of Television, Danny Cohen, also told an audience at the Edinburgh International Festival that Clarkson “does not see a problem” with his language.

Video: Jeremy Clarkson begs forgiveness over racism allegations  

He had apparently warned the presenter that he was not untouchable as “no one show or person is bigger than the BBC” and that Clarkson had used language that Cohen found “entirely unacceptable”.

Clarkson also came under fire in March after he said “there’s a slope on it” when describing a bridge in Burma that had an Asian man crossing it at the time, during a Top Gear special.

Broadcaster regulator Ofgem criticised the BBC for allowing the “offensive material” to be aired.

Boyle has previously shown disdain for Clarkson, tweeting in April: "As a society, we have managed to kick racism out of football and back into mainstream politics... On the plus side for Jeremy Clarkson, he's made himself highly electable."

READ MORE: Top Gear episode breached Ofcom rules
Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his language, says BBC
Jeremy Clarkson is 'not racist' says BBC chief
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
News
ebooksNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: HR Manager

£25000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: They are in need of a HR Manage...

h2 Recruit Ltd: Business Development Manager - HR Consultancy - £65,000 OTE

£35000 - £40000 per annum + £65,000 OTE: h2 Recruit Ltd: London, Birmingham, M...

Day In a Page

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas
La Famille Bélier is being touted as this year's Amelie - so why are many in the deaf community outraged by it?

Deaf community outraged by La Famille Bélier

The new film tells the story of a deaf-mute farming family and is being touted as this year's Amelie
10 best high-end laptops

10 best high-end laptops

From lightweight and zippy devices to gaming beasts, we test the latest in top-spec portable computers
Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

Michael Carberry: ‘After such a tough time, I’m not sure I will stay in the game’

The batsman has grown disillusioned after England’s Ashes debacle and allegations linking him to the Pietersen affair
Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

Susie Wolff: A driving force in battle for equality behind the wheel

The Williams driver has had plenty of doubters, but hopes she will be judged by her ability in the cockpit
Adam Gemili interview: 'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

'No abs Adam' plans to muscle in on Usain Bolt's turf

After a year touched by tragedy, Adam Gemili wants to become the sixth Briton to run a sub-10sec 100m
Calls for a military mental health 'quality mark'

Homeless Veterans campaign

Expert calls for military mental health 'quality mark'
Racton Man: Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman

Meet Racton Man

Analysis shows famous skeleton was a 6ft Bronze Age superman
Garden Bridge: St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters

Garden Bridge

St Paul’s adds to £175m project’s troubled waters
Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament: An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel

Stuff your own Christmas mouse ornament

An evening class in taxidermy with a festive feel
Joint Enterprise: The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice

Joint Enterprise

The legal doctrine which critics say has caused hundreds of miscarriages of justice
Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum: Objects of Desire

Freud and Eros

Love, Lust and Longing at the Freud Museum