Support 100 years of independent journalism.

10 March 2015

Jeremy Clarkson suspended from Top Gear after “fracas”

Some kind of altercation.

By Media Mole

The BBC has announced that Jeremy Clarkson, the host of its internationally-popular long-running automotive show Top Gear, has been suspended “following a fracas with a producer“.

No other details about this fracas – noun; “a noisy argument or fight” – have been released, but this Sunday’s episode of the show will not be screened, and Clarkson will not take part in filming, “pending an investigation”.

Clarkson, a right-wing blowhard with a habit of using racially charged words on television, appears to have finally found the BBC’s limit for tolerating his controversies.

No word from the BBC, though, on how to pronounce “fracas”.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. A weekly newsletter helping you fit together the pieces of the global economic slowdown. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

Content from our partners
How to create a responsible form of “buy now, pay later”
“Unions are helping improve conditions for drivers like me”
Transport is the core of levelling up