Further tweets added: “This was not a jolly jape that went awry. For once, we did nothing wrong.
“We had planned a good ending for the show. But thanks to the government’s foolishness, it’s now even better.”
Footage has emerged on YouTube appearing to show the attack which is thought to have taken place at a petrol station near the town of Tolhuin in Argentina as the show’s convoy drove to the Chilean town of Punta Arenas.
In the footage, an angry crowd gathered ahead of sports cars shouting “puto” – Spanish for male prostitute – and pelting the cars with rocks.
The BBC issued a statement which said: “We’re pleased the team is safe and would like to thank all of those who have helped. As the executive producer has made clear, the number plate issue is a very unfortunate coincidence.”
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