Sacked! BBC gives Jeremy Clarkson the boot

By Kirstin Buick
25 March 2015

It was just one 'fracas' too many. After almost three decades as the host of Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson has been fired.

The BBC suspended the cash cow presenter after he punched a producer, splitting his lip, for not laying on a hot dinner after a day of filming.

"It is not a decision I have taken lightly," BBC director Lord Tony Hall said. "I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon."

During his last day on set, Jeremy (54) apparently couldn’t contain his rage and hit assistant producer Oisin Tymon (36), who’s worked with him on the show for years. He’d demanded steak and was furious when told the chef had left and the only food available was soup or platters of cold food such as a cheese or meat platter.

“Following a fracas with a BBC producer, Jeremy Clarkson has been suspended pending an investigation,” the BBC said in a statement after the incident. “No one else has been suspended. Top Gear will not be broadcast this Sunday. We will be making no further comment at this time."

Of course, this fracas isn’t Jeremy’s first rodeo. In fact, if you're not in one of the groups the former motoring journalist has offended in the past, you’re in the minority. The almost three decades he’s hosted the show have been peppered with controversies. In 2005, the petrol-head caused a rumpus after he made several Nazi references, including raising his arm in a Furer-style salute, when testing a German car.

More recently, unused Top Gear footage of Jeremy trying to choose between two cars using the nursery rhyme “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe”, where Jeremy uses the N word, surfaced in 2014. At first he denied saying the word but later apologised, “Please be assured, I did everything in my power to not use that word.”

After launching a major investigation into the matter, the broadcaster decided it would not renew Jeremy's contract.

"The BBC must now look to renew Top Gear for 2016. This will be a big challenge and there is no point in pretending otherwise," Lord Hall added.

The broadcaster has yet to announce who, if anyone, will replace Jeremy.

Meanwhile, Jeremy has already changed his Twitter bio to reflect his new employment status.

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Sources: YOU, 26 March; telegraph.co.uk, mirror.co.uk, bbc.com

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