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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Zayn Malik is leaving One Direction and group continues as four-piece!

Zayn Malik has quit One Direction, the band have confirmed in a statement.

Malik said: “My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band.

“I’d like to apologise to the fans if I’ve let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right.”

One Direction will continue their world tour as a four piece and record a fifth album later this year.

Last week, Malik walked away from the band’s world tour last week after being signed off with stress.

He returned to the UK shortly after being forced to defend his relationship with his fiancee, Little Mix singer Perrie Edwards.

A photo had earlier emerged of him holding another woman around the waist.

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A second photo, taken from behind, showed Malik standing close to the woman. Their hands and arms looked as though they were linked.

In a statement, the rest of the group said: “We’re really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future.

“The past five years have been beyond amazing – we’ve gone through so much together, so we will always be friends.

“The four of us will now continue. We’re looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour.”

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Simon Cowell, who discovered the boyband on talent show The X Factor, said: “I would like to say thank you to Zayn for everything he has done for One Direction.

“Since I first met Zayn in 2010, I have grown very, very fond – and immensely proud – of him. I have seen him grow in confidence and I am truly sorry to see him leave.

“As for One Direction, fans can rest assured that Niall, Liam, Harry and Louis are hugely excited about the future of the band.”

Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson signed with Simon Cowell’s record label Syco Records in 2010 after finishing third on The X Factor.

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Zayn’s had a tumultuous time with the band since they were formed back in 2010. He almost quit the band during bootcamp.

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‘Birdman’ flies over Oscars 2015, Full List of Winners

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“Birdman” soared late at the 87th Academy Awards, winning the big prize — best picture.

“This guy is as bold as bold could be,” said star Michael Keaton, referring to director and co-writer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

The film also won three other honors: directing, cinematography and original screenplay. Inarritu is the second straight Mexican to win director, after “Gravity’s” Alfonso Cuaron.

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“Two Mexicans in a row — that’s suspicious,” Inarritu joked.

Eddie Redmayne won best actor for his performance as the ALS-afflicted scientist Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” Julianne Moore won best actress for her performance in “Still Alice.”

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“Boyhood” performer Patricia Arquette won best supporting actress — and made sure that her award was a call for equality.

“We have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all. And equal rights for women in the United Stares of America,” she said, to rousing applause.

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Her activist message also resonated online.

Also resonating was a stirring speech by Common and John Legend, who won best song for “Glory.” Their performance of “Glory” brought star David Oyelowo to tears.

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‘Call your mom, call your dad’

The best supporting actor Oscar went to J.K. Simmons of “Whiplash.”

The longtime character actor — known to audiences for his roles in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man,” the TV show “The Closer” and ads for Farmers Insurance and M&Ms, among many others — paid tribute to his family in his speech, praising his wife and his “above-average” children.

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He also put in a plug for actual phone calls.

“Call your mom, call your dad; don’t text, don’t email; tell them you love them,” he said.

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Host Neil Patrick Harris tweaked him by humming the Farmers theme as Simmons left the stage.

“Whiplash” won three Oscars, winning sound mixing and film editing along with supporting actor. “The Grand Budapest Hotel” has four Oscars — for score, production design, costume design and makeup.

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“Big Hero 6″ won best animated feature. “Citizenfour” won best documentary feature.

Director Laura Poitras thanked the film’s subject, Edward Snowden, the NSA contractor who leaked classified files and earned the ire of the government. An attempt at a pun from Harris — Snowden couldn’t be at the Oscars “for some treason” — got immediate pushback online.

“The Imitation Game” won adapted screenplay.

NPH leads with jokes

The Oscars — the “epicenter of noise and world attention,” as “Ida” director Pawel Pawlikowski called them — wasted no time at poking fun at some of the big issues facing Hollywood: diversity, economics and self-involvement.

Harris led off the show with a joke about the lack of diversity among the acting nominees.

“This year we honor Hollywood’s best and whitest — sorry, brightest,” he joked.

Then, in a mammoth opening number, he and Anna Kendrick were joined by Jack Black, who angrily hopped on stage to throw a sarcastic wet blanket over their hailing of “Moving Pictures,” noting that the business is as much about “raising tents with tentpoles and chasing Chinese bucks” than it is about art.

He was summarily dismissed by Harris.

The host also wandered into the audience, greeting two seat fillers among the celebrities, and at one point parodied “Birdman” by walking through the backstage area in his underwear — right onto the stage.

The show aired from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre.

Full List of Winners:

Best Picture

“American Sniper”

“Birdman” (*WINNER)

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Selma”

“The Theory of Everything”

“Whiplash”

Best Director

Wes Anderson, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, “Birdman” (*WINNER)

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Bennett Miller, “Foxcatcher”

Morten Tyldum, “The Imitation Game”

Best Actress

Marion Cotillard, “Two Days, One Night”

Felicity Jones, “The Theory of Everything”

Julianne Moore, “Still Alice” (*WINNER)

Rosamund Pike, “Gone Girl”

Reese Witherspoon, “Wild”

Best Actor

Steve Carell, “Foxcatcher”

Bradley Cooper, “American Sniper”

Benedict Cumberbatch, “The Imitation Game”

Michael Keaton, “Birdman”

Eddie Redmayne, “The Theory of Everything” (*WINNER)

Best Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette, “Boyhood” (*WINNER)

Laura Dern, “Wild”

Keira Knightley, “The Imitation Game”

Emma Stone, “Birdman”

Meryl Streep, “Into the Woods”

Best Supporting Actor

Robert Duvall, “The Judge”

Ethan Hawke, “Boyhood”

Edward Norton, “Birdman”

Mark Ruffalo, “Foxcatcher”

J.K. Simmons, “Whiplash” (*WINNER)

Best Adapted Screenplay

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Inherent Vice”

Damien Chazelle, “Whiplash”

Jason Hall, “American Sniper”

Anthony McCarten, “The Theory of Everything”

Graham Moore, “The Imitation Game” (*WINNER)

Best Original Screenplay

Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Dan Futterman and E. Max Frye, “Foxcatcher”

Dan Gilroy, “Nightcrawler”

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo, “Birdman” (*WINNER)

Richard Linklater, “Boyhood”

Best Foreign Language Film

“Leviathan”

“Ida” (*WINNER)

“Tangerines”

“Timbuktu”

“Wild Tales”

Best Documentary Feature

“CITIZENFOUR” (*WINNER)

“Finding Vivian Maier”

“Last Days in Vietnam”

“The Salt in the Earth”

“Virunga”

Best Animated Feature

“Big Hero 6″ (*WINNER)

“The Boxtrolls”

“How to Train Your Dragon 2″

“Song of the Sea”

“The Tale of The Princess Kaguya”

Film Editing

“American Sniper”

“Boyhood”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel”

“The Imitation Game”

“Whiplash” (*WINNER)

Best Song

“Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie”

“Glory” from “Selma” (*WINNER)

“Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights”

“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me”

“Lost Stars” from “Begin Again”

Best Original Score

Alexandre Desplat, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

Alexandre Desplat, “The Imitation Game”

Johann Johannsson, “The Theory of Everything”

Gary Yershon, “Mr. Turner”

Hans Zimmer, “Interstellar”

Best Cinematography

Roger Deakins, “Unbroken”

Emmanuel Lubezki, “Birdman” (*WINNER)

Dick Pope, “Mr. Turner”

Robert Yeoman, “The Grand Budapest Hotel”

Lukasz Zal and Ryszard Lenczewski, “Ida”

Best Costume Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

“Inherent Vice”

“Into the Woods”

“Maleficent”

“Mr. Turner”

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

“Foxcatcher”

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

Best Production Design

“The Grand Budapest Hotel” (*WINNER)

“The Imitation Game”

“Interstellar”

“Into the Woods”

“Mr. Turner”

Best Sound Editing

“American Sniper” (*WINNER)

“Birdman”

“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”

“Interstellar”

“Unbroken”

Best Sound Mixing

“American Sniper”

“Birdman”

“Interstellar”

“Unbroken”

“Whiplash” (*WINNER)

Best Visual Effects

Captain America:

“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”

“Guardians of the Galaxy”

“Interstellar” (*WINNER)

“X-Men: Days of Future Past”

Best Short Film, Live Action

“Aya”

“Boogaloo and Graham”

“Butter Lamp”

“Parvaneh”

“The Phone Call” (*WINNER)

Best Short Film, Animated

“The Bigger Picture”

“The Dam Keeper”

“Feast” (*WINNER)

“Me and My Moulton”

“A Single Life”

Best Documentary, Short Subject

“Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1″ (*WINNER)

“Joanna”

“Our Curse”

“The Reaper”

“White Earth”

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ opened at No. 1 Heating Up International Box Office With Record $158 Million Debut!

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In addition to being at the top of the North American box office, Fifty Shades of Grey has opened at No. 1 in 56 of the 57 territories where it’s debuted.

The erotic drama, which began rolling out internationally on Wednesday, is on its way to setting foreign box office records.

It grossed $38 million on Friday for an early total of $66 million. The film is on track for an international weekend take of $158.3 million over the three-day holiday, which would make it Universal’s second highest opening weekend of all time, just behind “Fast & Furious 6” ($160.3 million). This puts it on track for a global debut of $234 million.

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This also means that the film is dominating 2003’s “The Matrix Revolutions” ($117 million) for the highest-grossing international opening weekend ever for an R-rated movie.

In North America, the movie earned $30.2 million on Friday and is poised to reel in $76 million over Valentine’s Day and the Presidents Day weekend.

Aside from giving Universal its largest opening day of all time in 25 foreign markets, “Fifty Shades” also saw the biggest opening day for an R-rated film in 34 territories.

The U.K. and Ireland led the pack with $7.1 million in a single day, the biggest opening day ever in February as well as the biggest opening day for an 18-rated film.

“Fifty Shades” brought in $5.5 million in Germany for the biggest February opening day of all time; $4.9 million in France; $4.6 million in Russia, where it also had the biggest non-franchise opening day and best opening day for a 16+ or 18+ film; and $4 million in Italy, where it set yer another R-rated opening day record.

The pic, starring Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, is adapted from E.L. James’ romance novel trilogy, which was a global hit, selling more than 100 million copies worldwide after being translated into 52 languages.

The pic will launch in five more territories, including Korea and the United Arab Emirates, by March 5.

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