Prime Minister wades in on Jeremy Clarkson suspension

Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken out about “his friend” Jeremy Clarkson and said he hopes the BBC can sort out the issues with Top Gear star.

Clarkson was suspended from the show on Monday “following a fracas with a BBC producer”.

Speaking to BBC Midlands Today, the Prime Minister called Clarkson a “huge talent” and said he hopes that the presenter’s suspension will be “sorted out”.

“Because he is a talent and he does amuse and entertain so many people including my children, who would be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out.

“He’s a friend – I hope it can be sorted out,” he added.

As a result of Clarkson’s suspension, the three remaining episodes of the current series of Top Gear will reportedly be delayed.

A petition calling for the BBC to reinstate Clarkson has now received over 500,000 signatures.