I have some breaking news for you all and I’m afraid it is not good – Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following a heated argument with a producer. The BBC have stated that the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended “pending an investigation”.
“No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday” it said.
Jeremy was given what he called his “final warning” last May after footage from the cutting room floor was leaked, dropping what sounded like the n-bomb while reciting a version of a children’s counting rhyme. At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.
The BBC have released no further details on the current incident involving Jeremy, and said it would not be making any further statements at this time. Jeremy’s representatives have yet to reply to requests for a comment. In a rather worrying sign, Jeremy himself has also remained silent on twitter following the incident.
Suggestions a punch may have been thrown
RadioTimes are suggesting that Jeremy Clarkson punched the producer in an incident last week.
The alleged assault was only reported to the corporation yesterday, and BBC executives took the decision to suspend Clarkson earlier today.
In a statement the corporation said that this Sunday’s edition of the motoring show had been pulled, but Radio Times understands that the further two remaining episodes of the series have also been postponed until the corporation has concluded its investigation into the events.
The penultimate episode of the series was due to air on March 22 and has been replaced by a documentary about the Caribbean featuring Simon Reeve, at 8pm, followed by a Louis Theroux documentary.
The BBC would not confirm the identity of the producer.
The Mirror later reported that Jeremy hit Top Gear assistant producer Oisin Tymon. It is claimed that Jeremy saw red with Tymon for not getting him dinner in time after filming for the BBC show in Newcastle.
Tymon (left) who has worked on the show for a decade and knows Jeremy well, was blamed for not having organised the food.
A source said: “Jeremy saw red over a catering issue. They came to the end of filming after a long day and Jeremy discovered that no food had been laid on. He just snapped.”
*It is worth noting that these reports have not been confirmed or denied by the BBC and may not tell the full story. No other information is available at this time, however I will update this post if any more statements are released.*
No Top Gear this Sunday
Sadly yes, Episode 8 of Series 22 will no longer air this Sunday and we’re not sure when Top Gear will be back. The episode was set to feature the boys attending (or trolling?) JapFest 2014 (Europes biggest Japanese car show) by turning up in a selection of European sports cars.
Former Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey told BBC Radio 5 live while discussions on the programme sometimes became heated when he worked on the show, “it must have been something fairly serious behind the scenes to warrant his immediate suspension.
“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.”
TV critic Toby Earle told the BBC he was not surprised at Jeremy’s suspension. “This incident is the one that’s really forced management to take action,” he said.
“Part of the show’s appeal, to many viewers, has been it’s sort of edginess and the fact that it’s rough around the edges – in some ways takes no prisoners.”
“But of course there is a very delicate line to tread with that, and it has crossed that line I feel.”
But the TV Times’ Mary Evans said she did not think it was the end of the road for the presenter: “He is what he is, like him or loathe him.
“He knows who he is and he knows what he wants to say. Top Gear obviously existed before him, and it wasn’t the phenomenon that it is now. So obviously it has something to do with his personal charisma and his fanbase.
“I can’t see this will be it for Clarkson, I really can’t. But I think he’s probably slightly overdue a slap on the wrist,” she told the BBC.