Jeremy Clarkson’s BBC Contract as Top Gear Presenter Will Not be Renewed

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Jeremy Clarkson BBC Top Gear The controversial Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has been sacked by the BBC. The sacking ends a week of uncertainty following a “fracas” between Clarkson and one of the producers of the top-rating show, Oisin Tymon.   Speculation has been mounting for days that Clarkson, who was already on his last warning from BBC bosses, would be sacked as a result of the incident.   The BBC’s director-general Tony Hall issued a statement to media, saying it was “with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract.”   “It is not a decision I have taken lightly,” Hall added. “I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.”   The decision effectively abandons the show’s 22nd season which had three episodes remaining. Because of Clarkson’s suspension, the production was unable to film the show’s studio links for the program, forcing them to postpone the episodes. Clarkson’s two co-hosts, Richard Hammond and James May, had indicated they would not film the programs without him.   The “fracas” with one of the show’s producers, Oisin Tymon, erupted after Clarkson was unable to get hot food after a day’s filming.   After a string of mishaps, Clarkson was given a “final warning” by the BBC last year. Clarkson told UK media at the time he would be sacked if he made “one more offensive remark, anywhere, at any time”.   Hall said that the BBC’s strength was in its diversity, but that “they cannot come at any price”.   “Common to all at the BBC have to be standards of decency and respect,” he said. “I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion.”   Hall revealed that during the incident on March 4, “a member of staff, who is a completely innocent party, took himself to [hospital] after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature.”   Hall said that incident marked a line “crossed”.   “There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations,” he said.   Hall also said the BBC attached no blame to Tymon, who he described as “a completely innocent party”.   Original article posted on The Sydney Morning Herald


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