BBC suspends Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson for hitting producer

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC after he hit a producer on the show. BBC says the remaining two episodes of the season will not be broadcast.

“The next two episodes of Top Gear will not be broadcast and it’s understood that a third programme, the final of the series, is unlikely to be transmitted,” said BBC News Special correspondent Lucy Manning.

This is not the first time the famous presenter has been embroiled in controversy. In May 2014 he was given a final warning, by the BBC, after he used a racist term in a show on Burma.

A clip emerged showing Clarkson reciting the nursery rhyme ‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe’ while choosing between two cars. In the middle of the rhyme he mumbles the N-word.

Clarkson first denied the allegation, but later apologised for the utterance.

This latest incident is believed to have occurred last week but was reported to the BBC on Monday and dealt with on Tuesday. It is unclear what led to the physical confrontation between Clarkson and the producer, however, an investigation is currently under way.

“I can’t think what the hell’s gone on, but there you go. When you’ve got a very strong character who likes things his own way, if somebody stands up to him, there’s going to be a row,” said former Top Gear representative Chris Goffey, in reference to Clarkson.

Clarkson’s representatives have not yet replied for requests for a comment.