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Jeremy Clarkson Punches Producer, 2-3 Top Gear Episodes Cancelled

TOP Gear host Jeremy Clarkson was suspended yesterday after allegedly punching a producer.

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The controversial television star was involved in the alleged bust-up with Oisin Tymon, said to have taken place after filming in Newcastle and over a lack of catering, according to reports.Yesterday he was said to have been suspended “following a fracas”.Speaking for the first time after the suspension, he told the Sun: “I’m having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over.”

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.

Just last month the Top Gear host posted a mystery tweet apparently calling for a “new presenter for Top Gear”.He tweeted: “Wanted: new presenter for Top Gear. Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time.”His last tweets were on Sunday, when he wrote: “It’s an old skool Top Gear tonight. Nobody falls over and no-one is fired by canon into a hospital. I’d watch something else frankly.”

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.

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NATIONAL –Clarkson returning home on the day the BBC announced his suspension

The presenter denied using racist language and said he was “horrified” that it could have sounded as though he did.Shortly after the incident, he wrote in his column in The Sun: “I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked.”Clarkson had previously been cleared by Ofcom of breaching the broadcasting code after he compared a car to a person with a growth on their face.He also faced protest from mental health charities after he branded people who throw themselves under trains as “selfish”.

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 Jeremy Clarkson

GETTY –Richard Hammond, James May and Clarkson

The planned instalment of the popular car show will not be broadcast this Sunday, a spokeswoman for the BBC confirmed.The spokeswoman said: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation.”No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

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!”

[UPDATED] Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear host, suspended by BBC

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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC “following a fracas” with a producer.

The corporation said the 54-year-old presenter had been suspended “pending an investigation”.

“No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday,” it said.

Clarkson was given what he called his “final warning” last May after claims he used a racist word while filming the popular BBC motoring show.

At the time, he said the BBC had told him he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.

The BBC gave no further details on the current incident involving Clarkson, and said it would not be making any further statements at this time.

Clarkson’s representatives have yet to reply to requests for a comment.

The presenter himself has remained silent, however last month he tweeted a post saying a “new presenter for Top Gear” was wanted.

“Applicant should be old, badly dressed and pedantic but capable of getting to work on time,” he said.

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This weekend’s episode of Top Gear was set to feature Clarkson – who has fronted the show since 2002 – along with regular co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May at a classic track day.

Former footballer and pundit Gary Lineker was also to appear as the “star in a reasonably priced car”.

Lineker has now tweeted, writing: “I don’t think I’m ever meant to appear on Top Gear!”

‘Strong character’

Former Top Gear presenter Chris Goffey told BBC Radio 5 live while discussions on the programme sometimes became heated when he worked on the show, “it must have been something fairly serious behind the scenes to warrant his immediate suspension.

“I can’t think what the hell’s gone on, but there you go. When you’ve got a very strong character who likes things his own way, if somebody stands up to him, there’s going to be a row.”

Clarkson has courted controversy on several occasions during his time hosting Top Gear.

Jeremy Clarkson and Richard Hammond in the Top Gear Burma special
Top Gear was censured by Ofcom for using a “racial” term in its Burma special programme

The show’s executive producer, Andy Wilman, described last year as “an annus horribilis” for the programme.

It followed an incident in Argentina where the presenters and crew were forced to flee the country after trouble erupted over a number plate reading H982 FLK – which some suggested referred to the Falklands conflict of 1982.

Last year the show was also censured by Ofcom for breaching broadcasting rules after Clarkson used a derogatory word for Asian people during its Burma special programme.

TV critic Toby Earle: ‘He was on his final warning’

TV critic Toby Earle told the BBC he was not surprised at Clarkson’s suspension. “This incident is the one that’s really forced management to take action,” he said.

“Part of the show’s appeal, to many viewers, has been it’s sort of edginess and the fact that it’s rough around the edges – in some ways takes no prisoners.

“But of course there is a very delicate line to tread with that, and it has crossed that line I feel.”

But the TV Times’ Mary Evans said she did not think it was the end of the road for the presenter: “He is what he is, like him or loathe him.

“He knows who he is and he knows what he wants to say. Top Gear obviously existed before him, and it wasn’t the phenomenon that it is now. So obviously it has something to do with his personal charisma and his fanbase.

“I can’t see this will be it for Clarkson, I really can’t. But I think he’s probably slightly overdue a slap on the wrist,” she told the BBC.

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Top Gear controversies

With Clarkson at its head, Top Gear has been no stranger to controversy.

  • October 2014 – The show’s stars and crew had to abandon filming in Argentina amid angry protests over a car number plate that appears to refer to the Falklands War.
  • July 2014 – Ofcom ruled a Burma Special in which Jeremy Clarkson used a racial slur broke broadcasting rules. Clarkson had used the word “slope” as an Asian man crossed a newly built bridge over the River Kwai in Thailand.
  • May 2014 – The programme drew complaints when video footage leaked to the Daily Mirror appeared to show Jeremy Clarkson using a racist term while reciting the nursery rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. The presenter later apologised for the incident – which was never broadcast – in a video statement where he “begged forgiveness”.
  • October 2012 – The BBC Trust ruled comments by Clarkson which likened the design of a camper van to people with facial disfigurements breached disability guidelines.
  • January 2012 – Indian diplomats complained about a 90-minute India special in which a car fitted with a toilet in its boot is described by Clarkson as “perfect for India because everyone who comes here gets the trots.”
  • February 2011 – The BBC apologised to Mexico after Clarkson and his co-hosts characterised Mexicans as “lazy” and “feckless”.

 

Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson Walk in Valentino Show to Announce Zoolander 2

Has there ever been a more fitting way to announce a sequel?!

After months of speculation, Owen Wilson and Ben Stiller officially announced Zoolander 2 today—by making a surprise appearance and strutting their stuff in the Valentino runway show as part of Paris Fashion Week.

And as expected, they were really, really ridiculously good-looking.

The famous pals and co-stars took over the catwalk, hilariously stealing the spotlight from the bevy of gorgeous beauties while confirming that a follow-up to the 2001 comedy is indeed happening. They also posed backstage with Vogue‘s Anna Wintour.

Stiller, as Derek, wore a custom Night Butterflies brocade suit with hand-embroidered overcoat and black Creeper shoes. Wilson, as Hansel, modeled a Silk Continent print Pajama suit with Double Cashmere overcoat and Open sneakers.

Get excited, folks!

Back in December, Wilson opened up about the possibility of a sequel during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres. “Well, I don’t mean to be coy, but I know that there’s a script and Ben is considering it. So we’ll see,” he said before adding, “We have to do it.”

One month prior, Deadline reported that Penélope Cruz had signed on to star in the follow-up flick, joining original cast members Stiller, Wilson and Will Ferrell.

Zoolander 2 is expected to follow Derek Zoolander as he is forced to reinvent himself in the ever-changing world of male modeling. Jennifer Aniston‘s fiancé Justin Theroux penned the script, while Stiller will take a seat in the director’s chair once more.

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Talking about the sequel back in 2010, Stiller revealed that this instalment would focus on how much the modeling world has changed since Zoolander and his nemesis, Hansel (Wilson), fought for the catwalk.

“In the fashion world, if you go away for a year, it’s changed—it just happens so quickly,” he told MTV. “I think the idea in the beginning of the movie is that it’s 10 years later, and Derek and Hansel are literally forgotten. Nobody remembers who they are, so they have to reinvent themselves.”

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‘Spocking’ Laurier on $5 not illegal, says Bank of Canada

It turns out there’s not a lot of logic after all in the belief that it’s against the law to Vulcanize Wilfrid Laurier’s likeness on the $5 bill.

The death of Leonard Nimoy last week inspired people to post photos of marked-up banknotes on social media that show the former prime minister transformed to look like Spock, Nimoy’s famous Star Trek character.

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The death of Leonard Nimoy last week inspired people to post photos of marked-up banknotes on social media that show the former prime minister Wilfrid Laurier transformed to look like Spock, Nimoy’s famous Star Trek character. (Tom Bagley/Canadian Press)

For years, Canadians have been wielding pens to draw Spock’s pointy Vulcan ears, sharp eyebrows and signature bowl haircut on the fiver’s image of Laurier.

Contrary to what many believe, the Bank of Canada said Monday it’s not illegal to deface or even mutilate banknotes, although there are laws that prohibit reproducing both sides of a current bill electronically.

Nonetheless, bank spokeswoman Josianne Menard pointed out there are reasons to resist the urge to scribble on bills.

“The Bank of Canada feels that writing and markings on bank notes are inappropriate as they are a symbol of our country and a source of national pride,” Menard wrote in an email.

Long life and prosperity might also take a hit: Menard said disfigured bills may not circulate for as long and risk being rejected by retailers.

Following Nimoy’s death Friday, social media users posted their own versions of Laurier’s Vulcan makeover to honour the actor.

“Spock your $5 bills for Leonard Nimoy,” a group called the Canadian Design Resource tweeted alongside its depiction.

The online images of the altered bills circulated widely and attracted international media attention to something many Canadians were already familiar with.

It wasn’t exactly a place that no Canadian had boldly gone before.

Calgary artist Tom Bagley, who posted his own Spock-Laurier hybrid on Facebook and Flickr after Nimoy’s death, described it as an old bar trick to impress the waitress

He compared it to folding the $20 bill along the Queen’s face to make her smile or frown.

Bagley said he had no concerns about any potential legal issues over defacing the banknote. Besides, he said, he drew his with a pencil crayon, which can be erased.

“I don’t know anyone that’s gone to jail for it,” he said in an interview.

“I always thought it was OK as long as the numbers were intact — it still counted as money. That’s what I heard. Because stuff happens, like say you spill spaghetti sauce all over it or something like that.”

Bacon and Cheesecake Officially as Addictive as COCAINE!

Scientists have finally confirmed what the rest of us have suspected for years: Bacon, cheesecake, and other delicious yet fattening foods may be addictive.

A new study in rats suggests that high-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. When rats consume these foods in great enough quantities, it leads to compulsive eating habits that resemble drug addiction, the study found.

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Doing drugs such as cocaine and eating too much junk food both gradually overload the so-called pleasure centers in the brain, according to Paul J. Kenny, Ph.D., an associate professor of molecular therapeutics at the Scripps Research Institute, in Jupiter, Florida. Eventually the pleasure centers “crash,” and achieving the same pleasure–or even just feeling normal–requires increasing amounts of the drug or food, says Kenny, the lead author of the study.

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“People know intuitively that there’s more to [overeating] than just willpower,” he says. “There’s a system in the brain that’s been turned on or over-activated, and that’s driving [overeating] at some subconscious level.”

In the study, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, Kenny and his co-author studied three groups of lab rats for 40 days. One of the groups was fed regular rat food. A second was fed bacon, sausage, cheesecake, frosting, and other fattening, high-calorie foods–but only for one hour each day. The third group was allowed to pig out on the unhealthy foods for up to 23 hours a day.

Not surprisingly, the rats that gorged themselves on the human food quickly became obese. But their brains also changed. By monitoring implanted brain electrodes, the researchers found that the rats in the third group gradually developed a tolerance to the pleasure the food gave them and had to eat more to experience a high.

They began to eat compulsively, to the point where they continued to do so in the face of pain. When the researchers applied an electric shock to the rats’ feet in the presence of the food, the rats in the first two groups were frightened away from eating. But the obese rats were not. “Their attention was solely focused on consuming food,” says Kenny.

In previous studies, rats have exhibited similar brain changes when given unlimited access to cocaine or heroin. And rats have similarly ignored punishment to continue consuming cocaine, the researchers note.

The fact that junk food could provoke this response isn’t entirely surprising, says Dr.Gene-Jack Wang, M.D., the chair of the medical department at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory, in Upton, New York.

“We make our food very similar to cocaine now,” he says.

Coca leaves have been used since ancient times, he points out, but people learned to purify or alter cocaine to deliver it more efficiently to their brains (by injecting or smoking it, for instance). This made the drug more addictive.

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According to Wang, food has evolved in a similar way. “We purify our food,” he says. “Our ancestors ate whole grains, but we’re eating white bread. American Indians ate corn; we eat corn syrup.”

The ingredients in purified modern food cause people to “eat unconsciously and unnecessarily,” and will also prompt an animal to “eat like a drug abuser [uses drugs],” says Wang.

The neurotransmitter dopamine appears to be responsible for the behavior of the overeating rats, according to the study. Dopamine is involved in the brain’s pleasure (or reward) centers, and it also plays a role in reinforcing behavior. “It tells the brain something has happened and you should learn from what just happened,” says Kenny.

Overeating caused the levels of a certain dopamine receptor in the brains of the obese rats to drop, the study found. In humans, low levels of the same receptors have been associated with drug addiction and obesity, and may be genetic, Kenny says.

However, that doesn’t mean that everyone born with lower dopamine receptor levels is destined to become an addict or to overeat. As Wang points out, environmental factors, and not just genes, are involved in both behaviors.

Wang also cautions that applying the results of animal studies to humans can be tricky. For instance, he says, in studies of weight-loss drugs, rats have lost as much as 30 percent of their weight, but humans on the same drug have lost less than 5 percent of their weight. “You can’t mimic completely human behavior, but [animal studies] can give you a clue about what can happen in humans,” Wang says.

Although he acknowledges that his research may not directly translate to humans, Kenny says the findings shed light on the brain mechanisms that drive overeating and could even lead to new treatments for obesity.

“If we could develop therapeutics for drug addiction, those same drugs may be good for obesity as well,” he says.

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