LONDON - TV host Jeremy Clarkson says he has received a final warning from Britain's publicly funded BBC over using racist language while shooting

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Clarkson, 54, was called before BBC bosses last week after the Mirror newspaper reported he was heard using a racial slur while reciting a version of the rhyme "Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe" to choose between cars two years ago.

The newspaper did not say how it got hold of the tape, which was not telecast, but the revelation led to calls for Clarkson to resign or be sacked. A BBC statement on Thursday said the corporation had spoken to Clarkson and made "absolutely clear" the standards expected.

- Reuters