BBC has suspended Jeremy Clarkson, host of “Top Gear,” over a scuffle with a producer.
According to BBC news, the 54-year-old host, who has hosted the show since 2002, “was accused of hitting the producer in an incident last week.”
Three remaining episodes from the current “Top Gear” season might not be broadcasted due to the incident after the network has confirmed that the episode for Sunday will not be shown.
It is reported that Clarkson was already issued a warning when he blurted out racist words while filming in the past.
Hours after the incident, Clarkson used Twitter to joke around with co-hosts as to which show could replace “Top Gear” while his suspension is effective.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 10, 2015
In an interview with BBC Radio 5, former presenter Chris Goffey said how there “must have been something fairly serious behind the scenes to warrant his immediate suspension.”
He also mentioned Clarkson’s “strong character” as a factor for most disputes during filming of episodes.
“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.”
Meanwhile, fans who are furious over Clarkson’s suspension have created a petition six hours after the news came out. Wisely titled, “BBC: Bring Back Clarkson,” the petition, which demands BBC “to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson,” now has more than 100,000 signatures from people all over the world.