Jeremy Clarkson suspended by the BBC amid ‘fracas’ investigation

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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC after a “fracas” with a producer.

The BBC has released a statement saying the show would not broadcast this weekend while the incident is investigated.

The statement said: “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.”

Clarkson had already been warned after accusations of racism and other offensive content, and last year Danny Cohen, the BBC’s director of television, ordered an investigation into the show.

The host has been accused of homophobia in the past

He apologised last year for a tweet he sent containing a picture of himself with a sign saying “gay c*nt”.

Clarkson tweeted the image featuring fellow Top Gear host James May, along with the caption “Sadly, I fell asleep on the plane.

Piers Morgan tweeted to criticise the Top Gear presenter for the tweet, noting his “flabby neck”.

In 2010, Clarkson was criticised for appearing on the show with Alistair Campbell, and in a scene which was deleted saying: “I demand the right not to be bummed.”