Clarkson’s Porsche had a second ‘joke’ number plate: He’d already provoked Argentine fury with ‘Falklands’ car
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– Top Gear team forced to flee Argentina last week after anger over plates
– Clarkson has insisted plates’ reference to Falklands War was coincidence
Claims that Jeremy Clarkson’s ‘offensive’ Falklands number plate was a coincidence were crumbling yesterday as it emerged a s
Second ‘joke’ plate was found in the same car.
The controversial Top Gear presenter – along with co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond, and their crew – had to flee Argentina last week after locals were angered by the ‘H982 FKL’ plates, an apparent reference to the 1982 Falklands War.
The BBC insisted they had not even realized the meaning behind the Porsche 928GT’s plates until three days into filming. They were removed when locals complained.
11/02/2015 The Argentinian ambassador to the UK has demanded a public apology from the BBC following the row over a Top Gear special filmed in the South American country.
The show’s crew had to leave the country after trouble erupted when it emerged they were using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, seen as a reference to the Falklands conflict of 1982.
Top Gear executive producer Andy Wilman has denied the number plate was a “stunt” and Jeremy Clarkson was “shocked” when someone pointed out the link between the number plate and the Falklands War days into filming.
A statement from the embassy said: “Argentine ambassador to the UK Alicia Castro made a formal complaint to the BBC regarding Jeremy Clarkson’s provocative behaviour and offensive remarks towards the government and the Argentine people, following Top Gear’s recent filming in Argentina, calling for the BBC to make a public apology.”
She met the BBC’s director of television, Danny Cohen, at New Broadcasting House in central London yesterday.
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