If you're a fan of the BBC's popular automotive show Top Gear, we've got a bit of bad news. It appears that show host Jeremy Clarkson's recent "fracas with a BBC producer" has brought the show to a screeching halt.
News from across the pond says that Clarkson threw a punch at producer Oisin Tymon in a March 10 blow up that got both of them suspended indefinitely and put the final three episodes of the show's 22nd season on hold. An investigation is under way and BBC director general Tony Hall ultimately will decide what happens.
However, during an appearance at the Roundhouse Gala, an annual event to raise funds for creative education, Clarkson was at his foul-mouthed best while auctioning off what he described as his "last lap" on the race track.
"By being brief, controversial and a bit sweary, I woke the room up and the auction prize I was offering... raised £100,000," he said.
During his speech, Clarkson also suggested he expected to be "sacked" by the BBC, but fans are having none of that. At the time of this writing, an online petition calling for Clarkson's reinstatement has racked up more than a million signatures. In response, Clarkson thanked supporters via Twitter, but expressed a bit of doubt in his weekly column that appears in The Sun - Doubt based on the notion that we're all plankton and the world is run by whales.
"You can be a big and important plankton but that doesn't make a jot of difference if a whale has decided to eat you up," Clarkson wrote. "You can get a million other plankton to dress up and wave banners but Mr. Whale won't even notice."