The BBC has suspended Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson following a “fracas” with a producer, reportedly over an argument about catering.
According to the Daily Mirror the producer involved in the alleged bust-up, said to have taken place after filming in Newcastle, has been named as Oisin Tymon, 36.
Meanwhile, an online petition calling for the 54-year-old’s reinstatement soared past 130,000 signatures.
The presenter has lurched from controversy to controversy in recent months — offending foreign diplomats, viewers, MPs and his own bosses at the BBC.
Sorry Ed. It seems I knocked your "I'm a human" piece down the news agenda.
— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 10, 2015
@JeremyClarkson how can @BBC not show the remaining episodes of Top Gear, cant this be resolved without making the fans suffer
— Nathan Badcock (@nathbadco) March 10, 2015
Clarkson’s first public response to his suspension was simply a tweet issuing a mock apology to Ed Miliband, who had allowed a media insight into his family life today.
He said: “Sorry Ed. It seems I knocked your ‘I’m a human’ piece down the news agenda.”
A BBC spokeswoman 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.”
It is understood that all three remaining episodes of the series have been postponed by the BBC.
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