Jeremy Clarkson suspended for allegedly punching Top Gear producer

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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following allegations that he punched a producer.

Pending an investigation this Sunday’s episode will not be shown and it is believed that the last two remaining episodes of the current series will also be dropped.

A petition set up by Guido Fawkes blogger on to bring back Clarkson has been signed nearly 300,000 times.

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.”