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Jeremy Clarkson, popular host of Top Gear, suspended by BBC

Clarkson has often attracted criticism for his public comments and remarks.

jeremy clarkson, casual racism, bbc, top gear Earlier, Clarkson has been accused of “casual racism” and using racist words. (Source: AP)

Jeremy Clarkson, the popular host of motoring television show ‘Top Gear’, has been suspended by the BBC following an alleged fight with a producer, a company statement said.

The statement added that the show will not be broadcast this Sunday, but refused to divulge further details.

Clarkson, who has been hosting the show for several years now, has often attracted criticism for his public comments and remarks.

It has now emerged that the “fracas” involved him punching producer Oisin Tymon over catering arrangements at an
outdoor shooting location last week.

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The 54-year-old has survived a string of controversies over the years, including making offensive remarks about
Indians during shooting a ‘Top Gear’ 90-minute Christmas special back in December 2011.

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During the show, Clarkson built a toilet into the back of a Jaguar claiming it would be “perfect” for tourists because
“everyone” who visits the country suffers diarrhoea.

The presenters also placed banners on trains declaring “British IT is good for your company” and “Eat English
muffins” which were later torn to reveal rude messages.

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The show sparked a complaint from the Indian High Commission in the UK in January 2012, accusing the show of
“cheap jibes” and “tasteless humour”, adding that it “lacked cultural sensitivity”.

Indian diplomats had complained to the BBC after the show was aired, describing it as a “disgusting” episode.
But Top Gear bosses had defended its team, saying the road trip across India was “filled with incidents, but none of
them were an insult to the Indian people or the culture of the country”.

In a statement on the BBC’s complaints website, it said: “Our film showed the charm, the beauty, the wealth, the
poverty and the idiosyncrasies of India. “But there’s a vast difference between showing a country, warts and all, and insulting it.

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“It’s simply not the case that we displayed a hostile or superior attitude to our hosts and that’s very clear from the
way the presenters can be seen to interact with them along the way.”

The show has also run into trouble over comments about Mexicans and Burmese, with Clarkson being accused of “casual racism” and using racist words. It is feared the latest controversy may be the final straw for the popular TV personality, who has received a barrage of support from fans on social media.

First published on: 11-03-2015 at 01:46:35 pm
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