According to media reports the BBC is ready to sack leading Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. Two weeks after Clarkson was suspended and subject to an internal investigation the BBC has been able to confirm claims the outgoing host did assault a colleague.
It is believed the BBC investigation found that Clarkson verbally abused long-term Top Gear producer Oisin Tymon for 20 minutes before the “fracas” ended with a short 30 second physical assault from Clarkson.
The dispute reportedly began after a day of filming in North Yorkshire when Clarkson was unable to be given the hot meal he wanted—steak and chips—because the hotel they were staying in had stopped cooking for the night.
Around 12 months ago Clarkson was issued a “final warning” by the BBC after he was found to have used the racially offensive term “nigger” on camera. The footage was never broadcast by the BBC, but was discovered and published by British newspaper The Mirror.
Clarkson’s departure won’t officially mean the end for Top Gear with the BBC set to search for a replacement to join Richard Hammond and James May. Assuming, of course, Hammond and May choose to remain with the program.
Please god, don’t let it be British radio icon Chris Evans. He’s a bigger dickhead than Clarkson could ever be!
Lord Hall, Director General of the BBC, is expected to make an official announcement on Clarkson’s future later today.
There’s interesting times ahead for Top Gear and its fans. We’ll be watching the ongoing developments with keen interest.
[Source: The Telegraph]
UPDATE: It’s official, the BBC has sacked Jeremy Clarkson [read more].