BBC suspends ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson after ‘fracas’ with producer

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Presenter Jeremy Clarkson arives at the Top Gear Live photo call ahead of the start of the Acer Arena live show tomorrow night, at Campbell's Cove on February 10, 2010 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)

Presenter Jeremy Clarkson arives at the Top Gear Live photo call ahead of the start of the Acer Arena live show tomorrow night, at Campbell’s Cove on February 10, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mike Flokis/Getty Images)

(CNN) — The BBC has suspended Jeremy Clarkson, the host of car show “Top Gear,” following “a fracas with a BBC producer,” the broadcaster said in a statement.

“Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation,” they said. “No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday.”

This is not the first time that Clarkson has been at the center of controversy.

In May this year, the television presenter asked forgiveness after using a racist term during a taping of the show.

Clarkson had mumbled the n-word while reciting a children’s nursery rhyme, but that version of the take was never aired.

Last year, the BBC show hit the headlines when Argentina complained about a “Top Gear” special filmed in the country in which the number plate H982 FKL was used — interpreted by some as a reference to the 1982 Falklands War.

Forced to stop filming and leave the country, Clarkson said on the BBC Newsbeat website that the use of the plate was purely coincidental.

In a previous article on their website, the BBC said “Jeremy Clarkson is not a man given to considered opinion.”

In their statement, the corporation declined to comment any further.

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