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Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC

Top Gear will not be broadcast this weekend and an investigation is underway.

Image: James Moy Photography/Press Association Images

Updated at 11pm

CONTROVERSIAL TELEVISION PRESENTER Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following an incident with a producer.

In a statement, the BBC said that there was a ‘fracas’ between Top Gear host Clarkson and a producer, but did not give any further detail about what happened.

Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday and an investigation is underway, the statement said.

Clarkson had said last year that the BBC had put him on a final warning following a row over whether or not he used a racist term during filming for the BBC2 show. He has previously faced criticism for describing people who throw themselves under trains as ‘selfish’ and has apologised for saying that workers who go on strike should be shot.

The most recent gaffe involving the show came during an episode filmed in Argentina last October when Clarkson and his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond were forced to leave the country over a number plate they used on a Porsche, which people in the area believed was a deliberately provocative reference to the Falklands War.

“Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation,” the BBC statement says.

” 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”.

In tweets this evening, Clarkson wasn’t saying anything about what had provoked the row.

Instead, he’s been chatting with his co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond about what they can show instead of Top Gear this Sunday…

Read: Top Gear team forced to leave Argentina after anger over Clarkson’s number plate > 

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