Was it something I said BBC pulls QI episode featuring Jeremy Clarkson in aftermath of suicide comments
His controversial sense of humour has never been to everyone”s taste.
And it appears that the waves of aftershock from Jeremy Clarkson”s jocular latest faux pas are still being felt.
Ever cautious, BBC has pulled tonight”s episode of QI featuring the garrulous Top Gear presenter from the schedule following the furore over his comments about suicide and striking public sector workers.
Back to work: A QI episode featuring Jeremy Clarkson has been pulled from tonight”s TV schedule, but it was back to the day job for the host as he and James May filmed Top Gear in Bejing this week
The episode of the BBC2 quiz, hosted by Stephen Fry, was recorded earlier this year and also features Ross Noble, Dara O”Briain and regular panelist Alan Davies.
It will be replaced by another new episode and will be broadcast at a later date.
“It”s not to do with anything specific that Clarkson said on QI,” an industry source told the Guardian.
“It is more a case of the BBC not wanting to look as though it didn”t care about the storm and putting Clarkson back on screen as if nothing had happened.”
In hot water: Jeremy came under fire after telling the BBC”s One Show that all striking workers “should be shot”
TheTop Gear presenter faced a storm of protest from mental health charities after he branded people who throw themselves under trains as “selfish”.
Clarkson, 51, had only just apologised apologised after telling BBC1″s The One Show that all striking workers should be shot.
ABBC spokeswoman said: “It is not unusual for the running order of programmes to change. The billed episode of QI will be shown at a later date.”
Personal stress affecting his judgement A BBC insider has suggested that the precarious condition of Clarkson”s marriage to wife Frances (pictured) contributed to his ill-judged remarks
The contentious host – already under fire for suggesting public sector strikers “be shot in front of their families” last week – hit the headlines again last weekend amid growing concerns about his “vulnerable state of mind” and the precarious condition of his 18-year marriage.
Keeping it clean: QI presenter Stephen Fry prefers his humour inoffensive
One senior BBC insider, who asked not to be named, said Clarkson wasn’t in ‘the best possible place at the moment’ in his personal life.
He added: ‘There is a feeling that he’s in a more vulnerable state than he should be and that’s why his judgment isn’t A-grade at the moment.
While he may be getting a little less air time at present, it appears Clarkson will remain a ficture on the nation”s screens, as his DVD titled Powered Up is set to become a Christmas favourite.
The feature sees Clarkson and the Stig in the south of France while searching for his “favourite car of the year”.
Behaved himself: An industry source has said that Clarkson said nothing untoward during QI appearance, filmed earlier this year