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Jeremy Clarkson apologises and deletes offensive tweet featuring him asleep

Jeremy Clarkson has courted social media controversy after tweeting and then deleting a picture of himself asleep on a plane, with his Top Gear co-presenters holding an offensive sign next to him. The tweet was quickly deleted by Clarkson who followed up the tweet with another stating: “I have deleted my last tweet and would like to apologize profusely to anyone who I upset while I was asleep.”Richard Hammond also tweeted a picture of Clarkson sleeping with James May sitting behind them on a flight to Scotland for the programme.

The tweet was not deleted quickly enough to prevent other users from retweeting and complaining about the image, including CNN host Piers Morgan.