Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson suspended by BBC

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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following a ‘fracas’ with a producer.

The presenter was put on a ‘final warning’ by the corporation last year following a racism row over claims he used a racist term in an un-broadcast segment of filming.

Now the BBC has announced that the Doncaster-born presenter has been suspended.

A spokesman 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.”

Last year, the show was censored by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules after Clarkson used a “racial” term during the programme’s Burma special, which had aired in March last year.

The year ended with the motoring show’s crew forced to flee Argentina after trouble erupted over a number plate seen by some as referring to the Falklands war.

But each episode in the two-part Christmas special attracted more than seven million viewers last year, with a further three million for each episode on the catch-up service iPlayer.