BBC fires Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson
Jeremy Clarkson’s contract with the BBC for Top Gear will NOT be renewed.
BBC Director General Tony Hall released a statemtent saying, “A member of staff — who is a completely innocent party — took himself to Accident and Emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature. For me a line has been crossed,” he said. “I know how popular the program is and I also know that this decision will divide opinion.”
The annoucement comes after Clarkson’s alleged physical assault on Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon.
This is what we know about the incident at a North Yorkshire hotel:
– On 4 March following a day of filming for Top Gear “the presenters had travelled that same evening to the location shoot in North Yorkshire”.
– The “fracas” took place on the patio of the Simonstone Hall Hotel, where Oisin Tymon was working on location.
– The physical attack lasted around 30 seconds and was only halted by the intervention of a witness.
– Mr Tymon did not retaliate and received a swollen and bloodied lip