Clarkson could not bring himself to correct the legendary leader, so pretended he had visited the moon, The Sun reports. “It was tricky. I couldn’t very well say that we weren’t astronauts as that might look argumentative. Nor could I say that we made a poky BBC2 programme about cars – because then he might wonder what on earth we were doing wasting his valuable time,” Clarkson said.
“I did what I thought best and said it was very rocky and dusty and there was not much gravity.” Clarkson, 49, had earlier asked Mr Mandela if he had ever been to a lap-dancing club. He blurted out the question after “shaking with nerves” at the event in support of Mr Mandela’s 46664 HIV and Aids awareness campaign.