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BBC Suspends Top Gear Presenter Jeremy Clarkson

The BBC today announced that leading presenter, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending a further investigation.

In light of the suspension, the Top Gear show will not be broadcast this upcoming Sunday.

The BBC did not provide any further details on what happened exactly.  That said, Clarkson, who is widely regarded as an exceedingly outspoken character, is likely treading on very thin ice indeed.

He was issued a final warning in May 2014, when he allegedly used a racist term while filming a Top Gear show.  Apparently he was told by the BBC that he would be fired if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time.”

Clarkson has made no comment thus far.

2014 was a tough year for the Top Gear.  There was the incident in Argentina, where the team was forced to leave the country because of a vehicle license plate, which offended the Argentineans.  Reading H982 FLK, the plate caused confusion, leading the some to believe that it was a reference to the British-Argentinean conflict of 1982 over the Falkland Islands.

Top Gear was also censured by the British broadcasting regulatory body Ofcom, for breaking broadcasting rules.  Clarkson used a racist slur against Asian people during the filming of a show in Burma.

We certainly hope that Top Gear will go on.  We also hope that Mr. Clarkson can put his outspoken and witty banter too good use without breaking the rules.

Stay tuned.  Time will tell.

Posted by: Farra Majid on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015 at 5:14 pm in NEWS