Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following a “fracas” with producer.
In a short statement issued this afternoon, the BBC revealed that Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended from Top Gear pending an investigation.
“Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.” – BBC
Presented by Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, the motoring show has hit the headlines on numerous occasions over the past year. Most recently, an episode filmed in Argentina attracted international attention when filming had to be stopped after the crew came under attack over a perceived insult over the Falkland Islands.
In May last year, the BBC warned Clarkson after a video emerged of him appearing to use the n-word in his recital of an old nursery rhyme. He denied the allegation.
At the time, the BBC said: “We have made it absolutely clear to him, the standards the BBC expects on air and off. We have left him in no doubt about how seriously we view this.” Clarkson made an emotional plea to fans for “forgiveness” over his perceived use of the term in the mumbled audio obtained by the Mirror newspaper.
Jeremy Clarkson was behind the new style Top Gear when it launched in 2002. The show is screened in numerous countries around the world and is often BBC Two’s highest rated show.