Jeremy Clarkson has apologised after calling Prime Minister Gordon Brown a ‘one-eyed Scottish idiot’.

The presenter came under fire from politicians and the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) for comments he made in Australia.

In a statement issued through BBC Worldwide on Friday, he said: “In the heat of the moment I made a remark about the Prime Minister’s personal appearance for which, upon reflection, I apologise.”

The BBC later issued a brief statement in the wake of the Clarkson apology. “We note that Jeremy has issued an apology for the personal remarks he made about the Prime Minister.”

Mr Brown lost his sight in one eye after an accident playing rugby as a teenager.

Clarkson, speaking at a Top Gear press conference in Sydney, compared Mr Brown with Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, after Mr Rudd had just addressed the country on the global financial crisis. A video of the press conference has been posted on the YouTube website.

During it Clarkson said: “It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a world leader admit we really are in deep s***. He genuinely looked terrified. I thought, the poor man, he’s actually seen the books. In England we have this one-eyed Scottish idiot, the one-eyed Scottish man, he keeps telling us everything’s fine and he’s saved the world and we know he’s lying, but he’s smooth at telling us.”

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