Top Gear's biggest controversies from Jeremy Clarkson's 'fracas' to offending most of Mexico

The Top Gear brand has been tainted by a number of controversies over the years, but each one seems to cement an even more fervent following from fans

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As Jeremy Clarkson’s fate is set to be decided by the BBC this week, we look back on the greatest controversies in Top Gear’s history.

2003 – Clarkson upsets parish council

Jeremy Clarkson drives a pick-up into a horse chestnut tree in a car park in Somerset to test the strength of a Toyota. The BBC apologises to the parish council.

November 2008 -  Clarkson jokes about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes

Clarkson makes a joke during an episode about lorry drivers murdering prostitutes, which attracts more than 1,000 complaints to the BBC.

January 2011 – Richard Hammond jokes all Mexicans are “lazy and feckless”

Richard-Hammond-Getty.jpgJokes made during the show about Mexicans, which include them being branded “lazy”, “feckless” and “flatulent”, spark controversy and prompt an apology from the BBC to the Mexican ambassador.

February 2012 – Clarkson compares car to people with “growths on their faces”

He is later found to have breached BBC guidelines.

May 2014 – Clarkson “used the n-word”

Jeremy Clarkson attends A Night Of Heroes: The Sun Military Awards

Clarkson is embroiled in controversy when it is claimed he used the n-word while reciting the nursery rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” during filming.

July 2014 – Clarkson reprimanded for using the offensive term “slope”

Top Gear is ruled to have breached broadcasting rules after Clarkson used the word “slope” to describe an Asian man.

October 2014 – Top Gear ignites diplomatic war with Argentina over 'Falklands number plates'

A montage of the registration plates on the Top Gear cars in Argentina

The Top Gear crew is forced to flee Argentina after trouble erupts when it emerges they were using a Porsche with the registration number H982 FKL, which some suggested referred to the Falklands conflict of 1982.

March 10, 2015 - Clarkson suspended after on-set “fracas”

The BBC suspends Clarkson “following a fracas” with Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon at the Simonstone Hall Hotel near Hawes, North Yorkshire after a day filming.

An investigation is launched and all three remaining episodes of the series are postponed.

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