Petition to Reinstate “Top Gear” Host Jeremy Clarkson Hits 500,000 Sigs
BBC Presenter Suspended Over Allegedly Punching Producer
The masses have not taken kindly to news that Jeremy Clarkson, host of the popular TV show Top Gear, has been suspended, with the current season of the show being cancelled in the process. Those same fans have added their names to an online petition hosted by change.org, which has more than half a million signatures after just one day.
Clarkson was suspended Wednesday over “a fracas with a BBC producer,” according to a statement from the media outlet. BBC News reported today that the suspension came as a result of Clarkson punching a producer. Other outlets claim the row was over Clarkson’s dinner not being ready after a long day of filming, and still more claim that the host didn’t even punch anyone at all.
Clarkson has been a magnet for controversy ever since coming into the public light, frequently caught using politically incorrect terms and making offensive statements. Last year, the BBC apparently gave Clarkson an ultimatum, threatening to fire him if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time,” as the star said in his column in the UK newspaper The Sun.
Thanks to this latest dustup, the final two episodes of series 22 of Top Gear will not be filmed, those episodes will be cancelled, and Clarkson’s future at the network is uncertain. With so many conflicting reports, it’s probably inappropriate to jump to conclusions about Clarkson’s behavior, but we hope there’s a reasonable explanation that will allow one of our favorite celebrities to keep his envy-inspiring job. It’d be a shame to see one of the most entertaining shows on television get axed.
Sources: BBC News, CNN, The Sun