Jeremy Clarkson suspended from BBC over 'fracas'

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Controversial Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended from the BBC, after an apparent argument with senior production staff.

Details are currently thin on the ground, but BBC News reports that the 54-year-old broadcaster – who is one of the BBC's highest earning talents – was suspended "following a fracas" with a producer.

In the last few moments the BBC has issued a statement saying Clarkson had been suspended "pending an investigation".

"No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday," it said.

"The BBC will be making no further comment at this time."

Filming for the show takes place each Wednesday at Dunsfold Aerodrome, prior to the show going out on Sunday evenings. It is here where the presenter and his colleagues film the segments that are spliced into the show – and the interview for the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car segment is shot. It is not yet clear whether filming for this week's episode had been completed.

While details of this latest "fracas" have not been made public, Clarkson has previously been known to lash out, most famously punching former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan during an argument on Concorde.

Mr Morgan has been quick to revel in his nemesis' suspension on Twitter:

Clarkson is never far from controversy and has been slapped on the wrists by BBC bosses before.

He was forced to issue an apology after using the 'n' word in outtakes from Top Gear. In a video address he said he did "everything in his power to not use that word" but that his "efforts weren't quite good enough".

That incident in May 2014 led the BBC to announce the presenter was on a final warning for his offensive behaviour.

Most recently the Top Gear team were chased out of Argentina after Clarkson drove a Porsche 928 across the country with the number plate "H982 FKL". The Top Gear team faced accusations of poking fun at the Falklands War in 1982.

Clarkson tweeted: "For once we did nothing wrong. The number plate was a coincidence. When it was pointed out to us, we changed it."

The incident meant the 2014 Christmas Special was ended abruptly with the presenters' cars stoned by mobs at the side of the road.

Additional reporting: James Baggott