BBC Decides Not To Renew Contract with Jeremy Clarkson
“Top Gear” Host Found in the Wrong During Altercation With Producer
The BBC announced today that it would not be renewing its contract with Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson. The news came at the end of the investigation into the television personality’s alleged altercation with Oisin Tymon, one of the show’s producers.
According to the investigation report, Clarkson directed verbal abuse at the producer on more than one occasion, including during a physical attack that lasted around 30 seconds before a witness intervened. After the attack, Clarkson continued to use “derogatory and abusive language, relating to Oison Tymon and other members of the Top Gear team.”
To his credit, Clarkson didn’t dispute that Tymon was the victim of an unprovoked attack. Following the altercation, he made a number of attempts to apologize to him via text, e-mail, and in person. He also reported the incident to BBC management.
However, given such damning evidence, it’s not surprising that Clarkson got fired from his current position within the media company. While we’re sorry to see one of television’s most entertaining stars leave the biggest motoring show in the world, this author is impressed that the BBC stood up for its employees, relaying the distinct message that rules of conduct apply to everyone, regardless of their popularity or commercial value.
It will be interesting to see what’s going to become of Top Gear in the next few months. Clarkson and co-host Richard Hammond have been on the show since its reboot in 2002; James May joined the show in 2003. According to an article appearing in the UK newspaper The Telegraph, May said he, Hammond, and Clarkson “come as a package,” leading to some speculation that the two other hosts would leave the show as a result of Clarkson’s departure.
Fans of Clarkson will likely be very displeased. The BBC is looking to renew Top Gear for 2016, so as of now, there are no plans to cancel the show.
Source: BBC, The Telegraph