London (BBC): TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has said comments he made last week criticising the BBC were meant as a joke. The Top Gear host gave an expletive-filled description of the corporation’s bosses while at a charity event in London on Thursday. An investigation into the 54-year-old’s current suspension following a ‘fracas’ with a producer is still ongoing. But writing in the Sunday Times, Clarkson said his comments were ‘all meant in jest’.

He said his ‘choice language’ was to help boost the price of his auction item - a lap of the Top Gear test track.