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THE BBC HAS FIRED JEREMY CLARKSON

Benjamin Zhang

The BBC has fired "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson for his involvement in a "fracas" with one of the show's producers, CBS News reports.

Here's a tweet from Sky News reporting the same thing:

BREAKING - Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked by the BBC over his fracas with a producer

— Mark White (@skymarkwhite) March 25, 2015

Clarkson has yet to give a reaction. Earlier Wednesday morning, he tweeted that he had not heard the decision yet:

Just to keep everyone up to date, I haven't heard a thing.

— Jeremy Clarkson (@JeremyClarkson) March 25, 2015

The news follows reports from The Telegraph and The Guardian that the host of the wildly popular car show would be sacked for an incident that happened at a hotel after a long day of filming.

The move will at least in its current form end a TV franchise that gathers £50 million ($74.6 million) in revenues for the BBC globally. The BBC will attempt to "reconstruct" the show around the other two presenters, Richard Hammond and James May, The Guardian reports. That move would be a huge surprise, given Clarkson's outsize role and popularity on the show.

The Guardian says BBC director general Lord Tony Hall feels he has "little alternative" but to get rid of Clarkson.

According to the Telegraph report, Hall will announce that an investigation into the incident found that Clarkson did indeed physically attack "Top Gear" producer Oisin Tymon.

The Guardian has this great quote:

... a source close to the inquiry said: "There can't be one rule for talent and one rule for ordinary human beings."

Clarkson had already been suspended from his long-running job hosting "Top Gear." He was sidelined after he reported the incident to BBC Television chief Danny Cohen. 

The fracas took place after the producer failed to secure Clarkson the steak dinner he ordered after a long day of filming, according to various reports.

Clarkson launched into a 20-minute-long verbal tirade toward Tymon, followed by 30 seconds of physical abuse, The Telegraph reports.

In response, the BBC pulled three yet-to-be-aired episodes of the show's 22nd season from its schedule.

"Top Gear" started on British TV in the late 1970s, but the current incarnation of the program kicked off in 2002. It has since grown into a broadcasting juggernaut, seen weekly in 200 countries by 350 million viewers.

Clarkson has been no stranger to controversy over his long career as both a broadcaster and newspaper columnist. In recent years, he was accused of using a racial slur in a segment of a "Top Gear" broadcast that was edited out, as well as provoking Argentines with a license plate that may have referred to the 1982 Falklands War.

But his legions of fans worldwide lined up to support the 54-year-old. A million people signed an online petition calling for his reinstatement. 

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