TOP Gear host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended yesterday after allegedly punching a producer.
As thousands of people sign a petition to reinstate Clarkson, he joked around with his fellow presenters Richard Hammond and James May on Twitter.
Referring to the announced cancellation of this weekend’s show, May tweeted: “No Top Gear this weekend, apparently. How about 633 Squadron instead? @JeremyClarkson @RichardHammond”
To which Hammond replied:”No, surely, Last of the Summer Wine; no one will notice the difference. Job done. @MrJamesMay @JeremyClarkson”
Clarkson then replied: “No no no. Where Eagles Dare. Much better,” before saying: “I did some pretty good war documentaries. They could screen one of those.”
This comes as the BBC investigate reports that Clarkson allegedly aimed a punch at a male producer in an incident last week.
The Top Gear host was reportedly suspended for allegedly aiming a punch at a male producer last week, according to Radio Times.
The alleged incident was said to have been reported to the corporation yesterday.
It is believed that Clarkson, 54, was put on what was called his final warning last year.
It came following a racism row over claims he used the n-word while reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny Moe during filming of Top Gear.
Clarkson returning home on the day the BBC announced his suspension
In another incident, Clarkson made an apology after telling BBC1’s The One Show that striking workers should be shot.
Clarkson first started hosting Top Gear in 2002 alongside Richard Hammond and James May.
The hit series faced controversy last year when Clarkson and his co-hosts were hounded out of Argentina by outraging locals.
The controversy began after Clarkson was spotted driving a vehicle with the numberplate ‘H982 FKL’ – which some people suggested could refer to the Falklands conflict of 1982.
However, each episode of the two-part Christmas special attracted more than 10 million viewers last year.
Richard Hammond, James May and Clarkson
This Sunday’s episode was set to feature classic cars such as a Fiat 124 Spider, an MGB GT and a Peugeot 304 Cabriolet.
It was also set to star former football star Gary Lineker in the show’s traditional ‘star in a reasonably priced car’ challenge.
Lineker tweeted shortly after the announcement of Clarkson’s suspension, saying: “I don’t think I’m ever meant to appear on Top Gear!”