Jeremy Clarkson is getting dropped from the popular TV series Top Gear after a “fracas” where he allegedly punched a BBC Producer. As a result, Top Gear will not air this Sunday and two additional episodes may be dropped.
Clarkson, 54, has been with the program since 2002, and this isn’t his first run in with controversy while on the show. He received a final warning from BBC a few years ago for saying the N-word. Before that, he got in trouble for using a racist term for Asian people. Someone who used to work with Clarkson said that once he demanded to put a dead cow on top of a car, and the results were pretty gruesome.
Despite the controversy, his fans remain loyal. An online petition to keep Clarkson on the show has been making its rounds and has already collected over 250,000 signatures.
Clarkson told the Sun newspaper that “I’m having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over.” The Sun also said someone who knew Clarkson denies that he actually punched anyone at all.
It’s clear from these interviews and tweets that Clarkson doesn’t seem to be worried.