Jeremy Clarkson suspended by BBC following ‘fracas’ with producer

'Top Gear' will not be broadcast this Sunday (March 15) following the alleged incident

Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC “following a fracas” with a producer, the corporation’s website reports.

The 54-year-old presenter has been suspended “pending an investigation”, the corporation announced in a statement, before adding: “The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

Following the alleged incident, Top Gear will not be broadcast on Sunday (March 15) as planned. Clarkson, who lives in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, has yet to comment on the alleged incident and has not tweeted since Sunday (March 8).

In an unused take for a Top Gear segment recorded in early 2013, Clarkson is alleged to have mumbled an ethnic slur beginning with “n”. The clip later surfaced online and Clarkson apologised for what he appeared to have said.

The presenter later wrote in his regular column for The Sun newspaper: “I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked. And even the angel Gabriel would struggle to survive with that hanging over his head. It’s inevitable that one day, someone, somewhere will say that I’ve offended them, and that will be that.”