Here’s why Jeremy Clarkson was fired from BBC’s Top Gear

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On 9 March 2015, Jeremy Clarkson reported to BBC management that he had been involved in a physical and verbal incident with Oisin Tymon, the producer of Top Gear, at the Simonstone Hall hotel, North Yorkshire, while working on location. The incident had occurred on 4 March 2015 and Jeremy Clarkson was suspended on 10 March, pending investigation.

I was asked to undertake an investigation to establish the facts of what occurred. In conducting my investigation, in line with the BBC’s usual practice, I interviewed a number of witnesses and others connected with the incident. Accounts were agreed, based on my interviews, with each participant.

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Having conducted these interviews and considered the evidence presented, I conclude the following: on 4 March 2015 Oisin Tymon was subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack by Jeremy Clarkson. During the physical attack Oisin Tymon was struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip. The verbal abuse was sustained over a longer period, both at the time of the physical attack and subsequently.

Summary

  • The BBC announced that it has dropped Jeremy Clarkson after the Top Gear presenter was responsible for an “unprovoked physical and verbal attack” on a colleague.
  • BBC director general Tony Hall said he took the decision to end Clarkson’s BBC career “with great regret” but that the presenter had “crossed a line”.
  • Oisin Tymon took himself to A&E after a 30-second physical attack caused swelling and bleeding to his lip, the inquiry found. It was accompanied by a sustained verbal tirade containing the “strongest expletives” and a threat to sack Tymon.
  • North Yorkshire police has said it is looking into the incident and will take action “where necessary”.
  • Top Gear presenter James May hinted that he could follow his colleague out of the door stating that the three (including Richard Hammond) were a “package”. Hammond tweeted that he was “gutted at such a sad end to an era”.

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  • Clarkson has not made any comment but changed the bio on his Twitter page to: “I used to be a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show, Top Gear.”
  • A spokesman for the prime minister, David Cameron, said he believes that “aggressive and abusive behaviour” is not acceptable in the workplace, and that “if you do something wrong at work there can be consequences”, his official spokesman said.
  • Hall said he had asked Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC 2 and BBC 4, to look at how to renew Top Gear and how it puts out the last programmes in the current series.
  • Bookies have variously placed Chris Evans and Jodie Kidd as favourites to replace Clarkson, although Evans has described reports suggesting he will be be the successor as “absolute nonsense”. Sky has reportedly ruled out hiring Clarkson.

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