After one of the hosts allegedly punched a producer, BBC is scrapping the rest of the season of its hit car show “Top Gear.”
As we reported Tuesday, co-host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended after being involved in what was described as a “fracas” behind the scenes.
Variety quotes BBC News special correspondent Lucy Manning saying: “The next two episodes of ‘Top Gear’ will not be broadcast and it’s understood that a third program, the final of the (season), is unlikely to be transmitted.”
Variety adds: “Clarkson was suspended after an allegation that he punched one of the show’s producers, Oisin Tymon, over a dispute about the lack of food after a day’s filming. An investigation is taking place into the incident, which is believed to have happened last week.”
Clarkson remains a popular figure among the show’s fans, with more than 350,000 people signing a petition asking for his reinstatement on the show, according to the Variety report.
The report notes: “’Top Gear’ is the world’s most widely watched factual television program, according to the BBC, with a global audience estimated at more than 350 million in 214 territories worldwide.”