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.
Scotland here we come .... pic.twitter.com/9c3zdvzz9l— Richard Hammond (@RichardHammond) January 16, 2014
I have deleted my last tweet and would like to apologise profusely to anyone who I upset while I was asleep.— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) January 16, 2014
Embracing homophobic slurs with your petrol-head mates @JeremyClarkson ? And you have the brass flabby neck to call ME a ****? Wow.— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) January 16, 2014