Jeremy Clarkson will not face prosecution

Clarkson was sacked after he punched his producer at a hotel in North Yorkshire last month.

FILE: Jeremy Clarkson. Picture: AFP.

LONDON - Sacked BBC presenter, Jeremy Clarkson, will not face prosecution over the attack on a Top Gear producer, which led to him being booted from the hit show.

Police had opened an investigation into the incident, which took place at a hotel in North Yorkshire last month where Clarkson had been filming Top Gear.

After his former producer Oisin Tymon confirmed that he did not want to press charges, officers decided to drop the probe without taking action against him.

The attack, described as a 'fracas' by BBC officials, happened when Clarkson discovered that the hotel he was staying could not serve him a hot meal following a day's filming.

An official report found that the 54-year-old presenter punched Tymon in the mouth before being dragged away by a witness.

Clarkson was suspended by the BBC on 10 March before it announced on 25 March his contract on Top Gear would not be renewed.

Clarkson, who has generated both controversy and profits for Britain's publicly funded broadcaster, was already on a final warning over accusations last year that he had used racist language while filming the show.

A friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, Clarkson became the popular face of Top Gear by mixing a passion for cars with blunt banter and swagger that offended, among others, environmental groups, mental health charities and cyclists.

Clarkson was called before BBC bosses last year after a British newspaper reported he had been heard using the "N"-word as he recited an old version of the rhyme Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe to choose between cars in filming two years earlier.

He wrote in his Sun newspaper column in May that he had been told by the BBC that if he made one more offensive remark, anywhere at any time, he would be sacked.

But he was back in hot water in October when the show sparked a diplomatic incident between Britain and Argentina, two countries which went to war in 1982.

A _Top Gear _television crew was forced to flee Argentina after driving a Porsche 928 GT with the registration number H982 FKL, which some people suggested could refer to the Falklands conflict.

Despite or even because of years of controversy, however, Top Gear has become one of the BBC's most successful and lucrative programmes. It was even recognised by Guinness World Records as the most-watched factual television show of all time.

The BBC said it would say nothing further on the matter and Clarkson could not be reached for comment. His manager and his assistant did not immediately return calls requesting comment.