Simon Cowell has waded into the row over whether Jeremy Clarkson should keep his job at the BBC.
The X Factor boss told Good Morning Britain: "You know what, I like Jeremy. I mean he has said some stupid things and he knows that and he's apologised.
"But I think what is quite obvious is that the public are behind him, but you know, that's Jeremy."
The Top Gear presenter is due to appear before a disciplinary panel later.
An online petition to reinstate him has now reached more than 800,000 signatures.
The BBC has given Jeremy Clarkson the all-clear to present Have I Got News For You, despite axing him from Top Gear over a recent "fracas".
Chris Evans has said rumours he will be taking over Top Gear are "absolutely nonsense."
Supporters of the suspended Top Gear presenter presented a petition signed by hundreds of thousands of people to the BBC today.