Fans want Clarkson back in the driver’s seat

By Drum Digital
11 March 2015

A petition to reinstate Jeremy Clarkson as a presenter of popular show Top Gear has reached 300 000 signatures.

The 54-year-old Clarkson was suspended by BBC bosses for allegedly punching a male producer Oisin Tymon (36) in a row over his dinner.

The BBC said: “Following a fracas with a BBC producer Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation. No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. The BBC will be making no further comment at this time.”

The cancelled Top Gear episode features Clarkson driving a Fiat 124 Spider and a guest appearance from Gary Lineker as the “star in a reasonably priced car”.

Fans of the popular BBC car show also took to social media to voice their support for Clarkson, using the hashtag #BringBackClarkson.

Both Clarkson and the BBC have agreed to make no further comment about the circumstances surrounding the suspension. Two further remaining episodes have also been “postponed” pending further investigations.

As the news broke, Clarkson joked on Twitter with his Top Gear co-stars about what the BBC would replace the show with.

After James May suggested the film 633 Squadron, Clarkson said: “No, no, no. Where Eagles Dare. Much better.”

Richard Hammond, meanwhile, suggested Last of the Summer Wine, telling his colleagues that no one would notice the difference. “Job done,” he said.

Clarkson, who has fronted the show since 2002, was saved from earlier disciplinary action over his use of the n-word by the intervention of Tony Hall, the BBC Director-General.

Clarkson has shared in Top Gear’s riches, making more than £14 million (about R258 million) in 2012 after BBC Worldwide bought a controlling stake in Bedder 6, a firm formed in partnership with Clarkson to exploit the show globally.

Another company set up by Clarkson made a profit of almost £600 000 (over R110 000) last year.

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