As the Beeb Suspends Clarkson, is it Time for the 'Top Gear' Frontman to Enter the Pits?

By Gizmodo UK on at

Hear that? That's the sound of a £100K sportscar slowing to a halt and shedding a single, petrol-y tear. The BBC has just announced that "divisive" Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation after a "fracas" with a producer.

It's an arguably long-necessary move that's bound to irk petrolheads and please anti-Clarkson campaigners in equal measure – although it's good to know that if accidental casual racism doesn't see you reprimanded in the office, good old-fashioned "falling out with the people you work with" will.

While we can't comment on Clarkson's latest indiscretion (the details of this latest incident are not yet clear), historically he's walked the bit-of-a-dick tightrope perilously. Racial slurs, casual sexism, millions and millions of people all over the world lapping up whatever car he puts through the ringer that week – all in a day's work.

So is it time for the BBC to put a clamp on Liability Clarkson? Or is it all, to borrow a phrase, just political correctness gone mad? Top Gear with Clarkson at the helm, after all, is one of the BBC's most lucrative international money spinners, which is no doubt why it's taken so long for them to actually put him on the naughty step. And the last thing we need is the licence fee going up as a result...

What say you, the Gizsteady Crew?

Top Image Credit: Featureflash / Shutterstock.com, BBC and Nintendo (edited)