Jeremy Clarkson's Top Gear suspension started over a row about a steak, reports suggest. Photo/Getty

Jeremy Clarkson’s Top Gear suspension started over a row about a steak, reports suggest. Photo/Getty

 

Jeremy Clarkson has given his biggest hint that he is ready to walk out on the BBC as witnesses revealed he was suspended after a ridiculous row over a steak.

The presenter is being threatened with the sack after an apparent “dust-up” with one of his producers, Oisin Tymon, over being offered only a “cold platter” for dinner at a luxury hotel.

According to a witness, Clarkson demanded a ?21.95 sirloin steak from the restaurant menu after a long day of filming and became irate when he was told that the hotel’s chef had gone home.

One said: “It was suggested he could have a cheese platter, a meat platter, soup, or another bar snack, but he was not having it.”

The millionaire changed his Twitter profile to read “I am probably a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show Top Gear”.

He was asked last night if he feared the sack and said: “Well it’s coming, isn’t it?”

Twenty-four hours ago his biography said: “I am a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show, Top Gear.”

More than 700,000 fans have signed an online petition demanding the presenter be reinstated, and Prime Minister David Cameron has waded into the row, saying he hoped it could be ‘sorted out’ without the BBC sacking him.

Last night Mr Clarkson was seen venting his frustration at Chelsea’s Champions League match and is likely to be hauled before the BBC’s disciplinary panel by the end of the week.

The BBC launched an investigation into the incident on Tuesday, five days after the “fracas”, and pulled the last three episodes of this series of Top Gear off air.

Stars including Gary Lineker, Keanu Reeves and Superman actor Henry Cavill were all due to film the “Star in a reasonably priced car” segment in the coming weeks but have been told these have been “postponed indefinitely”.

The BBC could face a huge bill from the foreign broadcasters it sells the show to for failing to deliver a full series.

Last night sources at the BBC suggested that its director of TV, Danny Cohen, has seized on the incident as the reason he needs to oust the controversial figure.

Insiders have said that Mr Cohen, who will help decide Clarkson’s fate, is “out to get” the star.

Top Gear hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

Top Gear hosts Richard Hammond, Jeremy Clarkson and James May.

…Mr Cameron said yesterday: “He’s a huge talent. Because he is such a huge talent and he amuses and entertains so many people, including my children, who’d be heartbroken if Top Gear was taken off air, I hope this can be sorted out.”

-BBC