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Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson 'fracas' incident report nearing conclusion

Friday, March 20th 2015 - 07:26 UTC
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Clarkson was suspended from Top Gear on 10 March, following an alleged altercation with producer Oisin Tymon Clarkson was suspended from Top Gear on 10 March, following an alleged altercation with producer Oisin Tymon
Top Gear is one of the BBC's most popular and profitable TV shows, with an estimated global audience of 350 million Top Gear is one of the BBC's most popular and profitable TV shows, with an estimated global audience of 350 million

The BBC's report into Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson is to be handed over to the director general next week. The internal investigation into Clarkson's suspension, following a “fracas” with a producer, will be considered by Tony Hall next week.

 Director of BBC Scotland, Ken MacQuarrie, who is leading the investigation, “is now considering the evidence”, a BBC spokesperson said. “Once this has been considered, we will set out any further steps.”

“The BBC will not be offering further commentary until then,” the spokesperson concluded.

Clarkson was suspended from Top Gear on 10 March, following an alleged altercation with producer Oisin Tymon. Even when Mr Tymon did not file a formal complaint and it is understood Clarkson reported the incident himself.

A lawyer for Mr Tymon said his client “intends to await the outcome of the BBC investigation and will make no comment until that investigation is complete”.

All remaining shows in the current series were pulled following the incident.

Top Gear is one of the BBC's most popular and profitable TV shows, with an estimated global audience of 350 million. Its success is largely attributed to the contentious host, who has appeared on the show since 1988.

An online petition calling for the star's reinstatement - set up by political blogger Guido Fawkes - has accrued more than 975,000 signatures since the presenter's suspension.

Clarkson has expressed regret over the incident, which his co-presenter James May labeled “a bit of a dust-up”.

The host was given what he called his “final warning” by bosses at the corporation last May after claims he used a racist word during filming. He and his co-presenters May and Richard Hammond, are due to renegotiate their contracts with the BBC next month.

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  • Britworker

    I do not know which is more ridiculous. This pathetic story or the fact that mercopress is covering it.

    South America has countries which are literally on the verge of collapse and anarchy and they are more interested in Jeremy Clarkson.
    Kind of says it all really.

    Mar 20th, 2015 - 05:16 pm 0
  • Usurping Pirate

    Mind you , all our news channels have done nothing but talk about the supposed solar eclipse this morning .
    Probably because they know we are all bored shitless by the election campaign .

    Mar 20th, 2015 - 06:26 pm 0
  • LEPRecon

    Well the petition to have JC reinstated has reached more than a million.

    I wonder if those lunatics that run the BBC will actually listen to what the license paying public wants.

    However, if they fire Clarkson it'll be one of the worst decisions EVER made by the BBC. He is one of their biggest money earners...not James May, not Richard Hammond...most people watch Top Gear to see JC because they like his completely un-PC dry sense of humour.

    Personally I think Clarkson should do more of those documentaries on War Stories. The two he did on the Victoria Cross, and the Greatest Raid of All Time, were excellent, and you could really see his passion for the subject.

    But if he leaves the BBC I'm sure just about any other channel will snap him up. And the BBC will have lost a big money earner, and the million plus license payers may just start another petition to have the TV license scrapped and make those turkeys at the BBC really have to earn their livings.

    Time will tell, I'm sure.

    Mar 20th, 2015 - 10:30 pm 0
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