Civil rights activist Reverend Jesse Jackson spewed the N word during a break at a television interview in which he widely criticised Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama, Fox News has announced.

During a taping of Fox and Friends news show last week, Jackson made disparaging remarks of Obama saying that he wanted to “cut his nuts off.”

But the transcript of Jackson hurling the N-word in regard to Obama was only released on Wednesday.

The Associated Press, through a TV Newser report, broke the news that Jackson reportedly said that Obama was “talking down to black people,” and referred to blacks with the N-word when he claimed that Obama was telling them “how to behave.”

For the second time in a week, Jackson has made an apology to Obama and his family for his crude language.

Jackson, who is traveling in Spain, issued a written apology to the Obama family on Wednesday.

“I am deeply saddened and distressed by the pain and sorrow that I have caused as a result of my hurtful words.

“I apologise again to Senator Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, their children as well as to the American public,” Jackson wrote.

“There really is no justification for my comments and I hope that the Obama family and the American public will forgive me.

“I also pray that we, as a nation, can move on to address the real issues that affect the American people.”

The reverend has previously called on the entertainment industry, including rappers, comedians and movie studios to place a moratorium on using the N-word.

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