Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has provoked outrage after saying government workers striking in England should be shot in front of their families.
"I would take them all outside and execute them in front of their families," Clarkson said on the BBC's daily chat show, One Show, broadcast last night.
"I mean how dare they go on strike when they have these gilt-edged pensions that are being guaranteed while the rest of us have to work."
The BBC received a flood of complaints and Clarkson became the top trending topic worldwide on Twitter during the show.
His comments also ticked off British politicians, with former deputy prime minister John Prescott tweeting: "I know Jeremy Clarkson likes winding people up but it's worth pointing out he gets 1m [$1.5m] a year from the licence fee/public sector."
Up to two million public sector workers in Britain have gone on strike over changes to their pensions, after the government responded to slashed growth forecasts with fresh spending cuts.
Clarkson, who was appearing on One Show to promote his new DVD, also complained about train delays caused by people committing suicide on train tracks.
"You just think, why have we stopped because we've hit somebody? What's the point of stopping? It won't make them better," he said.
One Show presenter Matt Baker apologised for Clarkson's comment at the end of the show, saying the BBC had received "quite a lot of correspondence" about the Top Gear star.
It is not the first time the outspoken motoring critic has caused controversy.
Clarkson and his co-hosts made headlines earlier in the year after making jabs at Mexican-built vehicles. (Read more: Top Gear attacks Mexican cars)
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