Jeremy Clarkson, host of “Top Gear” U.K. on BBC, has been suspended by the BBC. He was reportedly involved in what was described as a “fracas” with a BBC producer. However some news leaks are reporting Clarkson of punching the producer.
“Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation,” the BBC said in a statement. “No one else has been suspended.” The BBC have also announced that the latest episode will not air this coming week and they are expected to scrap the remainder of the season… Yes, you read that correct, scrap the season.
Clarkson’s has had several high-profile controversies during the last few years. Some of these incidents allegedly included racist and other derogatory comments. Some of the targets of Jeremy Clarkson’s comments have included former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, BBC host Piers Morgan, the governments of Malaysia, Romania and Argentina, U.K. government workers, and several other persons, companies, governments and organizations. A recent alleged use of a racial slur has prompted BBC to issue him a final warning in regard to offensive comments.
“Top Gear” dates back to 1977 however Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May have been the hosts since 2002. The show is currently in its 22nd season.
We should find out more information in the coming days and weeks. Whatever the issue is, I hope that they can work things out and continue the show. Clarkson, Hammond, and James have great chemistry on screen and the three of them have helped “Top Gear” become one of the most watched shows around the world. Without Clarkson, I am afraid that the show will loose that special spark the three hosts have and will inevitably end up like “Two and a Half Men”. Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Update at 1:30pm est on 3/11/15
The British press is reporting that issue in question involved Jeremy Clarkson punching an assistant producer over not having catering ready during filming on location. James May reportedly described the incident to as “a bit of a dustup.” According to reports, the hosts and crew were staying at the Simonstone Hall Hotel. After being told that dinner had not been laid out for the hosts after a day of filming, Clarkson reportedly hit Oisin Tymon, who is a 36-year-old producer and has been with the show for a number of years. James May did not witness the alleged incident.
Meanwhile, an internet petition to have Clarkson reinstated at the network has reportedly topped 400,000 signatures just 24 hours after being started
Update at 12:30pm est on 3/19/15
James May and Richard Hammond (co-hosts of “Top Gear”) have turned down an offer to continue the show without Jeremy Clarkson, who was suspended for punching a producer. BBC bosses reportedly offered May and Hammond to continue to present live sections of the show, which would be combined with pre-recorded parts featuring Clarkson, but the two co-hosts refused.