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US Marines get social media tips after nude photos scandal

US Marines have been given guidelines for using social media after it was discovered some had been sharing nude photos of female colleagues online.

The advice encourages marines to behave responsibly when sharing marine corps-related material online.

It adds that existing orders for the marines have “long prohibited” sexual or other harassment.

The Pentagon previously said sharing nude photos was “inconsistent” with its values.

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Man attempts to give serious BBC interview, regrets ever having children

This viral video might be the best lesson in “how to keep a straight face” in the most hilarious situation ever.

A very serious expert on South Korea appears on BBC World News via webcam to discuss the impeachment of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye.

But just when he’s deep into a convoluted analysis on the meaning of democracy in the face of scandals, the impossible happens.

First, his daughter bursts in and starts dancing:

“I think one of your children just walked in,” says the presenter in studio, visibly amused:

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Gardener sends photo of ‘weed’ to BBC show – which turns out to be cannabis

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After our earlier report that a US reporter quit live on air to front a pro-cannabis campaign, news reaches Monkey of another incident involving the green weed.

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Royal princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have named their daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana, Kensington Palace has said.

The fourth in line to the throne will be known as Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge.

There had been speculation that the couple would include the name of Diana in honour of Prince William’s mother.

Charlotte was born on Saturday in the Lindo Wing of London’s St Mary’s Hospital.

The BBC’s royal correspondent Peter Hunt said the Queen and other senior royals were told of the baby’s name before the announcement was made public.

He said that a Kensington Palace official, when asked about the couple’s choice, said: “We’ll let the names speak for themselves.”

Top Gears: Jeremy Clarkson goes on a night-time bike ride after BBC axe

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Jeremy Clarkson wrote that “cycling used to be how you got about when you were poor…now, though, it has evolved into something more. It’s gone beyond a way of life and become a political statement. A movement.”

Whether Clarkson – is now either poor, making a political statement or joining a new movement (of the “disgraced former BBC presenters”), we cannot yet tell, but he decided to make his first appearance since his Top Gear departure on two wheels rather than four.

Earlier on Wednesday, the BBC announced that Clarkson’s contract with Top Gear would not be renewed after an internal investigation by the broadcaster found that he had launched an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” that left Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers, in hospital.

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Jeremy Clarkson wrote that “cycling used to be how you got about when you were poor…now, though, it has evolved into something more. It’s gone beyond a way of life and become a political statement. A movement.”

Whether Clarkson – is now either poor, making a political statement or joining a new movement (of the “disgraced former BBC presenters”), we cannot yet tell, but he decided to make his first appearance since his Top Gear departure on two wheels rather than four.

Earlier on Wednesday, the BBC announced that Clarkson’s contract with Top Gear would not be renewed after an internal investigation by the broadcaster found that he had launched an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” that left Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers, in hospital.

The motoring aficionado emerged from his flat in west London on Wednesday evening to a sea of reporters clamouring for a statement.

When asked about his firing, he simply said: “I’m off out. Sorry.”

Regarding the decision, BBC director general Tony Hall said: “For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.”

However, it may not be the end of Clarkson’s relationship with the BBC. The corporation’s creative director Alan Yentob said he would not rule out the Top Gear guru making a return.

“Of course I wouldn’t rule that out, but that’s not for now,” he said.

Mr Yentob confirmed that Clarkson would continue to be employed until his contract expires at the end of the month. He urged James May and Richard Hammond – both of whom have expressed doubts about continuing without Clarkson – to continue to work on Top Gear.

BBC suspends ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson and pulls the show from the air

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Clarkson, right, with “Top Gear” cohost Richard Hammond.

Controversial “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended by the BBC following a “fracas with a producer,” the network said.

The BBC announced that Clarkson’s highly popular car show “Top Gear” has been pulled from the network’s lineup and will not air this Sunday.

Clarkson, who is also a highly paid newspaper columnist, has been reprimanded on several occasions by the BBC for his controversial statements. This latest incident is not the first dustup in Clarkson’s illustrious career.

In 2003, the “Top Gear” host famously threw a glass of water at and threatened then Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan with physical harm on board the last flight of the Concorde after the newspaper published photos that showed Clarkson embracing a woman who was not his wife.

A year later, at the British Press Awards, Clarkson and archnemesis Morgan confronted each other once again. This time punches were thrown, with Clarkson swinging at and hitting Morgan in the temple.

Both Clarkson and Morgan would later confirm that the “Top Gear” host broke his finger in the fracas.

In 2014, Clarkson found himself and his show mired in controversy after outtakes from an episode of “Top Gear” showed him using racially insensitive language. Clarkson was reprimanded last year by British government media regulators Ofcom for using another racially insensitive term to describe a person of South Asian origin in an episode of the show.

According to BBC News, Clarkson had been given a “final warning” after his controversial comments in 2014. The network had reportedly threatened to fire the host if there were any further incidents.

“Top Gear,” in its present format, has been on the air since 2002 with the trio of Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May at the helm. The show is in the middle of its 22nd season, with three episodes yet to air.

Over the past decade, “Top Gear” has become a global media phenomenon with 350 million viewers worldwide, and has spawned local spinoffs in Australia, South Korea, Russia, and the US. In total, the “Top Gear” brand is valued at an estimated $1.5 billion.

Here is the BBC’s complete statement:

Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.

Jeremy Clarkson suspended after ‘punching Top Gear producer in row over catering’

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Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension from Top Gear followed claims he punched a producer in a row over catering while filming on location in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Clarkson, 54, is reported to have hit Oisin Tymon, 36, after being told no dinner had been laid on for the presenters after they finished filming for the BBC2 show one evening last week.

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The incident was only reported to the Corporation on Monday, resulting in Clarkson’s suspension on Tuesday morning, a decision that was taken with the blessing of Lord Hall, the BBC director-general.

The remaining three episodes of the current series have been pulled from the schedules and the BBC refuses to discuss whether it will ever return.

Jeremy Clarkson has made light of the incident, saying he is waiting for the fuss to blow over

Although the BBC owns the rights to Top Gear, Sky has made repeated attempts to lure Clarkson and his co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond to the channel to make a new motoring show, and there is speculation Clarkson may now decide the time is right to move on.

A source told The Sun: “Jeremy had a massive bust-up with one of the male show producers and he ended up smacking him in the face. Everyone was absolutely stunned.

“It was all over a catering issue. Jeremy just saw red and hit the assistant producer, who he blamed for not having organised the food.”

The Daily Mirror quoted a source saying: “They came to the end of filming after a long day and Jeremy discovered that no food had been laid on. He just saw red and hit the assistant producer, who he blamed for not having organised the food. He snapped.”

A source close to Clarkson insisted he was innocent and that “he didn’t punch anyone”.

Filming for this Sunday’s episode, which should have taken place on Wednesday, was cancelled and no more episodes will be broadcast while an investigation is being carried out.

If the complaint against Clarkson is upheld, the BBC will have little choice but to sack him, as it was made clear to him last year that he was on a final warning after a racism row after claims that he used the n-word during filming.

It was just one among many racist and xenophobic comments over the years, and critics had complained that Clarkson was being given special treatment by the BBC because of the immense profitability of Top Gear, which is sold to 214 territories and is the most popular factual television programme in the world.

Oisin Tymon has been with Top Gear for a decade

A BBC spokeswoman said: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation.

“No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

Clarkson refused to comment on the incident as he arrived at his London home on Tuesday night, but later made light of the incident in a Twitter exchange with his co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond.

Meanwhile Clarkson’s daughter Emily joked that she needed the BBC to give him his job back because he had started cooking.

The BBC is understood to have banned all staff from talking about the incident which, unlike Clarkson’s previous gaffes, involves another member of staff and could result in a grievance procedure.

Although the BBC owns the format of Top Gear after buying the rights in 2012 from Clarkson and his executive producer Andy Wilman, Clarkson is the undoubted star and it is unclear whether Hammond and May would carry on without him if he were to be sacked.

Within minutes of news of his suspension breaking, fans of Clarkson had started an online petition to have him reinstated. More than 130,000 people have so far signed the petition.

This Sunday’s episode of Top Gear should have featured Gary Linkeker as the Star in a Reasonably Priced Car, but Lineker and the studio audience with tickets for filming at Top Gear’s base at Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey were told yesterday they would not be needed.

Clarkson has been a fixture on Top Gear since 1988, but it was following the BBC’s decision to relaunch the show in 2002, in a brash new format with Clarkson as the only presenter to survive the reboot, that he transformed himself into a worldwide star.

But controversy has never been far away. Last year alone, he was forced to apologise after mumbling the n-word as he recited a nursery rhyme during filming; he was found to have breached Ofcom guidelines after referring to an Asian man as a “slope”, and caused a riot in Argentina by driving a Porsche with a number-plate that appeared to refer to the Falklands War.

Clarkson had to flee Argentina after driving this car through Patagonia

He said last year: “I’ve been told by the BBC that if I make one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time, I will be sacked. And even the angel Gabriel would struggle to survive with that hanging over his head.”

Lord Hall, the BBC director-general, was said to have intervened to save Clarkson after the n-word row, but Danny Cohen, the BBC’s head of television, has previously insisted Clarkson was not too valuable to sack, claiming:

“It’s like football clubs: no one is bigger than the club. There’s no one show or person that’s bigger than the BBC, and that’s made clear to anyone who works there.”

As recently as last month Clarkson had a verbal spat with Michael Dugher, the shadow transport minister, who had said he did not like Top Gear. Clarkson replied: “Good. We don’t make it for people who wear pink ties.”

Jeremy Clarkson’s gaffes

July 2008: Drink-driving
BBC bosses told Clarkson off for supping a gin and tonic while behind the wheel of a pick-up truck
November 2008: Lorry drivers
With reference to Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper, Clarkson joked on the show about how lorry drivers “murder prostitutes”
February 2009: Gordon Brown
The then prime minister was dismissed as a “one-eyed Scottish idiot” during a press conference in Australia.
October 2009: Black Muslim Lesbians
Clarkson said that the BBC was obsessed with hiring black, Muslim lesbians to counter the number of white heterosexuals in its ranks.
July 2010: Burkas and lingerie
During a Top Gear discussion on distractions while driving: “Honestly, the burka doesn’t work. I was in a cab in Piccadilly the other day when a woman in a full burka crossing the road in front of me tripped over the pavement, went head over heels and up it came, red g-string and stockings.”
August 2010: Special needs
Clarkson referred to a Ferrari as ‘special needs’ and a ‘simpleton’ as a way of giving it a bad review.
February 2011: Mexico
Clarkson sparked a diplomatic incident, and was forced to apologise to the Mexican ambassador
January 2012: India
Viewers complained about Clarkson’s provocative remarks concerning the country’s clothing, trains, food and history.
May 2014: The ‘N’-word
Clarkson was forced into a apology after appearing to mumble the word as he sang a nursery rhyme on Top Gear.
July 2014: Slope
Ofcom said he had breached their guidelines, when he referred to an Asian person as a ‘slope’,
October 2014: Falklands
Jeremy Clarkson caused offence this time by driving through Argentina using a number plate apparently referring to the Falklands War.
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