BBC drops ‘Top Gear’ host Jeremy Clarkson over producer attack
JEREMY CLARKSON, host of BBC’s Top Gear, one of the most popular television shows in the world, given the sack.
The broadcaster announced Clarkson’s dismissal yesterday for an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” that left a colleague bleeding and seeking hospital treatment.
The incident occurred a few weeks back at a Yorkshire hotel, and was sparked by the lack of a hot meal being provided for him following a long day of filming.
During the attack, Tymon was struck (drawing blood from his lips) and verbally abused.
So, that’s it for the Top Gear trio of Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, who have been presenters on the show since 2003.
Clarkson is a pivotal figure – more than 350 million people watch Top Gear . But he’s also stirred controversy by mocking Asians, Mexicans, Germans, Romanians, Indians, people with disabilities and public-service workers.
The BBC’s hands were tied, as they had already issued Clarkson a warning over an earlier incident in which he may have used the N word.
It is not clear whether Top Gear will go on with its two remaining hosts. Clarkson has not commented.
Various reports on Wednesday indicated Netflix may be interested in offering him a show.
If you’re a fan of the show, do you think it will survive without one of its strongest players? Even if you don’t like the guy, is Clarkson one of those public figures that you can love to hate?
The Canadian equivalent would be the CBC’s Don Cherry. His views tend to be contrary to those supported and shared by the rest of the CBC, and when he shares a strong opinion, public reaction tends to be quite fierce. But people LOVE to HATE him!