This was the gist of a recent Chronicle article showing some tips on removing these recommended videos from your embedded YouTube videos. I won't reblog their post here but suffice to say there is a checkmark option when you elect to embed the video in a website or LMS course site.
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As you know, the ability to search, preview, and select videos from YouTube is built directly into our Blackboard LMS. You probably also recall that in Service Pack 12 the search feature needs a little tweaking. Well, when you've selected your video there is an option you check to turn those off.
Once you've selected your video and added the objectives for students related to this video (Remember: I like to use questions with learning objects like this so students know what they should be looking for and remembering) you scroll down to the next options box. Here I make sure that YouTube URL will be shown (good for citing and direct clicking when viewing issues occur). The next option, Show YouTube Information is what controls those recommended or related videos. So, set this option to No.
The rest of the settings are up to you.
Now we can all proceed including vetted and educational content from YouTube without the anxiety of a possibly embarrassing, not-so-recommended, video being shown to students.