news Wednesday, March 11, 2015 - 05:30

The News Minute| Marcj 10, 2015| 10.40 pm IST

The BBC has announced that Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the network "following a fracas" with a producer.

In a statement, the corporation said the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended "pending an investigation".

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

A BBC report also said that in May 2014, Clarkson was given a final warning and told that he would be sacked if he made "one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time".

No further details of the ‘fracas’ was provided by the BBC.

The BBC also said in its statement that ‘Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.’

On a clip aired in the Top Gear special in Burma last March, the presenters including Clarkson were watching a Burmese man cross a makeshift bridge and Clarkson said, “That is a proud moment – but there is a slope on it.’

Later Ofcom, (Federal Office of Communications, a broadcast watchdog) had said that the usage of the racial term was not ‘justified by context’.

It added: ‘This was scripted in advance. The BBC failed to take the opportunity, either during filming or post-production, to check whether the word had the potential to offend viewers.’

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