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    Jeremy Clarkson Has Been Suspended From "Top Gear" After "A Fracas With A BBC Producer"

    The BBC Two programme will also not be shown this Sunday, the BBC has said in a statement. Update: Jeremy Clarkson has tweeted since the incident.

    Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended from presenting Top Gear "following a fracas with a BBC producer".

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    This Sunday's Top Gear will not be shown. The Radio Times has reported that the rest of the series, two further episodes, will also not be shown until investigations have concluded.

    The Independent originally broke the story.

    EXCLUSIVE: BBC suspends Jeremy Clarkson over fracas with producer. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday - more at @Independent follows

    In a statement, the BBC confirmed his suspension.

    "Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation", the BBC said in a statement. "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."

    Top Gear has been no stranger to controversy in recent years. In 2014 the crew were attacked in Argentina.

    Top Gear / bbc.co.uk

    An angry mob attacked the crew’s cars while they were leaving Ushuaia, during filming of the Christmas special. The producers claim the attack happened after an Argentine website misinterpreted a licence plate on Clarkson's car, N982 FKL, as being a reference to the Falklands War.

    Clarkson was given a "final warning" by the BBC in 2013 after an accusation that he used the n-word in a nursery rhyme while filming a pre-recorded segment.

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    This Daily Mirror broke the story and put the recording on its website.

    Clarkson then issued a statement, apologising:

    The full rushes [raw TV footage] show that I did three takes. In two I mumbled where the offensive word would normally occur. In the third I replaced the word altogether with teacher.

    When I viewed the footage several weeks later I realised that in one of the mumbled versions if you listen very carefully you can actually hear the word I was trying to obscure.

    I was mortified by this, horrified. It is a word I loathe and I did everything in my power to make sure that that version did not appear in the programme that was transmitted … And as I'm sitting here begging your forgiveness that obviously my efforts weren't quite good enough.

    A Burma special of Top Gear in 2014 also received complaints, in regards to this joke made by Clarkson.

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    Andy Wilman, executive producer of Top Gear, later apologised, adding; "If we had known that at the time we would not have broadcast the word in this context and regret any offence caused."

    And in 2011 Clarkson caused outrage when he said this about public sector workers on strike as a guest on The One Show:

    BBC News / youtube.com

    Also, in 2014, he tweeted, and and then subsequently deleted, a homophobic insult.

    Ironically he tweeted this only two weeks ago, in regards to his co-star James May, who was late for filming.

    Wanted: new presenter for Top Gear. Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time.

    May and co-star Richard Hammond have tweeted about the show not being on this Sunday.

    No, surely, Last of the Summer Wine; no one will notice the difference. Job done. @MrJamesMay @JeremyClarkson

    And then Jeremy Clarkson interjected.

    @MrJamesMay @RichardHammond I did some pretty good war documentaries. They could screen one of those.

    Gary Lineker was also due to appear in this Sunday's show, but of course now won't be.

    I don't think I'm ever meant to appear on Top Gear!

    And then the word #Fracas trended.

    Update – 10 March, 10:31pm GMT: Clarkson has tweeted about the Top Gear story affecting the order of stories on the BBC News at 10.

    Sorry Ed. It seems I knocked your "I'm a human" piece down the news agenda.

    Justine Miliband, the wife of Ed, had taken part in an interview with the BBC. The party's strategists hoped the intervention by the barrister would shine a positive light on the Labour leader. Instead, the feature on the Milibands appeared after a story on Top Gear.

    James May has also tweeted this.

    Save Clarkson? Save empty cardboard boxes and off-cuts of string. They're far more useful.

    And this morning James May spoke to BBC News.

    BBC News / bbc.co.uk

    You can watch the interview here.

    Additional reporting by Siraj Datoo.

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