Top Gear host suspended

BY CHARL BOSCH - MARCH 11, 2015

The BBC has announced that its smash-hit motoring show, Top Gear, would not be televised in its usual Sunday evening time slot after the suspension of star presenter Jeremy Clarkson.

In a statement released late yesterday afternoon, the broadcaster said that Clarkson had been suspended after a “fracas” with one of the show’s producers, but declined to provide any further details. Various British media however reports that the controversial presenter threw punches after discovering that no catering had been arranged after filming had ended.

The broadcaster also announced that show’s remaining three episodes have been put on hold while Clarkson’s co-stars, Richard Hammond and James May, will not face suspension.

Moments after the news became official, an online petition to have him reinstated garnered over 100 000 signatures with some even threating to not pay their licenses unless the show, which has a worldwide audience of some 350-million and had been shown in simulcast for the first time, is restored.

In a series of tweets yesterday, the presenters suggest what shows would act as a perfect replacement for Top Gear, with May responding to the petition by saying, “Save Clarkson? Save empty cardboard boxes and off-cuts of string. They're far more useful.”

Clarkson’s suspension comes after a series of incidents which saw him being placed on final warning by the broadcaster after an episode outtake showed him mouthing the n-word while reciting the nursery rhyme, eeny-meeny-miny-moe, as well as last year’s widely publicised incident in Argentina, which saw production staff being pelted by rocks after locals took offense to the number plate of his Porsche 928, H982FLK, which they claimed made reference to the 1982 Falklands War.