BBC issues apology, pulls ‘Top Gear’ footage over criticism

Footage showing a ‘Top Gear’ host performing wheel spins in front of a war memorial surfaced online recently, prompting backlash and mea culpa.

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A video of the stunt, which was circulated on the Internet, showed actor and “Top Gear” host Matt LeBlanc performing wheel spins near the Cenotaph—a memorial for the fallen soldiers of World War I—located in central London:

On Monday, The International Business Times reported that “Top Gear” host Chris Evans apologized for the stunt, telling reporters that “the images look so disrespectful”:

The footage shows a car performing “donuts” in Whitehall, with the Cenotaph clearly visible behind. Evans said he regretted what happened, and when asked if he thought it showed a lack of respect, he said: “I think the images look so disrespectful. There are mitigating circumstances, but I unreservedly apologize. I saw the images for the first time this morning and I feel the same as everybody else.”

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