An online petition to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson to Top Gear has pulled in over 350,000 signatures in a matter of hours.
The Change.org petition, which went online on Tuesday night, calls for the BBC to bring back the presenter, and for a “Freedom to fracas”.
This is a reference to the BBC’s only public statement on the crisis in which it revealed that Clarkson had been suspended from the show “following a fracas with a BBC producer”.
As RadioTimes.com revealed last night, the allegations against Clarkson involve an alleged punch thrown at a male producer.
Clarkson himself has adopted a relaxed response to the suspension, joking on Twitter about what could replace Top Gear on Sunday and retweeting messages of support.
He also told The Sun, the newspaper in which he writes a Saturday column: “I’m having a nice cold pint and waiting for this to blow over.”
The penultimate episode of the current series of Top Gear was due to air on 22nd March and has been replaced by a programme about the Caribbean featuring Simon Reeve, at 8pm, followed by a Louis Theroux documentary.
The BBC declined to comment further or to reveal any more details of the nature of its investigation.