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Top Gear's Clarkson sacked; BBC admits the decision would “divide opinion”

Thursday, March 26th 2015 - 15:40 UTC
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Jeremy Clarkson's contract will not be renewed after an “unprovoked physical attack” on a Top Gear producer, the BBC's director general has confirmed. Tony Hall said he had “not taken this decision lightly” and recognized it would “divide opinion”, but he emphasized that “a line has been crossed” and he “cannot condone what has happened on this occasion”. Read full article

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  • Britworker

    Better late than never, good riddance to him. I hope he just clears off and spends his monstrous wealth out of the public eye.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 04:52 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Zool

    “For me a line has been crossed. There cannot be one rule for one and one rule for another dictated by either rank, or public relations and commercial considerations.”

    Funny as reported by Order Order - when a producer attacked a junior member of staff in an unprovoked attack a few years back you would expect that the PC riddled BBC fired him on the spot. Well no they moved the junior member off to some regional office & later promoted the producer with no action whatsoever taken against him.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    I find cold catering food gay and annoying.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 04:57 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    I hope Clarkson goes out and makes his own program, so viewers don't have it diluted down with all the PC crap from BBC.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 05:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Englander

    Not sure I would present myself to A&E with a split lip.
    Hope he was made to wait a few hours so that the stabbings, heart attacks and car accident victims could be given priority.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 05:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • LEPRecon

    The BBC has fumbled the ball on this one. Clarkson WAS top gear.

    Now one of the most successful and profitable shows that they made will decline into nothing.

    Clarkson will be alright though, there's probably loads of production companies out there ready to hire him, because lets face it he makes MONEY because he is controversial, and whether people love him or loathe him, he will continue to make money.

    As a license payer I'm seriously thinking about petitioning the government to scrap the license and make the BBC EARN it's keep. The management in their ivory towers have had it far too good for far too long.

    Yes it means that there will be adverts, but quite frankly these days you record the programmes you want to watch and just fast forward through the ads.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 06:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The point was that he was on a written warning for previous misdemeanors.
    He and his mates were boozing in a pub for two hours before taking a helicopter to the hotel for a meal. Were the kitchen staff supposed to hang on until he deigned to appear ? He then harangues the producer for not having the restaurant open for him and then punches him in the face,splitting his lip. I f I was the producer, I would have banjoed him !
    What was the BBC supposed to do, let him off with it and give a signal to all bullies in employment that this was acceptable behaviour.

    Clarkson will be lucky if he escapes a charge of common assault.... the police are already investigating. The producer could also sue the BBC for Clarkson's actions.
    What is the future of Clarkson's column in the Sun ?
    They make much of their anti-bullying stance and their columnist has been shown up as an aggressive bully .
    As to a Top gear look alike, this is a non-starter. The BBC own all the rights to this program and could scupper anything that came in the same format.
    Hammond and May must be charmed at also losing their jobs in Top Gear.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 06:31 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • paulcedron

    but it is supposed that this 4th class newspaper is dedicated to the “south atlantic” (what the fuck is that?) news.
    now, if this 4th class newspaper wants to publish news about the uk, there are some more important ones that this one about this imbecile , good-for-nothing clarkson.

    you want news about england?
    here you have:

    “Can family support reduce Northern Ireland’s high infant death rates?
    Poverty, along with abortion laws, blamed for child mortality rates that are among the worst in Europe”

    “Long-term food bank users risk nutritional problems”

    “Women in the richest areas enjoy two decades more of healthy life than their poorer sisters. Welcome to unequal England”

    “London schoolgirls among 60 female Britons thought to have joined Isis”

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 07:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Frank

    @3 CabezaDura2

    'I find cold catering food gay ....'

    That is not what you are meant to do with the sausage out of yesterday's super pancho......

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 08:10 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Briton

    8'
    what has all that got to do with Clarkson,

    No FT no comment....

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 08:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    9.
    “That is not what you are meant to do with the sausage out of yesterday's super pancho......”

    Don’t tell me, you warm up the sausage again before you proceed....??

    Because panchos are not cold catering food, at least not here in Argentina.
    Bizarre.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 09:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    Now it's “political correctness” that got Clarkson fired, not the fact that he hit his producer on the face....

    Only in MP...

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:00 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    12.
    Over this incident, don’t know, I’m not a judge nor jury, but of the previous episodes like using the “n” word, etc I would say yes he got fired out of political correctness. It has all summed up.

    In lots of workplaces there are old bosses with their own structural habits and gets pissed off when things are not done exactly how they want.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    13
    And in most of those workplaces, you get sacked if you punch a coworker in the face...

    Clarksoff?

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:29 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ElaineB

    Clarkson will be back on the screens in no time. Probably making similar programmes and selling them to the BBC. This is just window-dressing and paranoia over recent court cases.

    I only ever watched the Patagonia episodes so ………..

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:43 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • yankeeboy

    He can probably come to the USA and make more in 1 year than his whole career at BBC.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    14.
    I can’t know for sure in entertainment industry but I would say that in most places which are profit oriented they would have not sacked ( or refuse to renew the contract) the star of their best show.

    IMO. You dont punch a coworker over one independent incident. They must have had a history of miss understandings or conflicting interests.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ferdinando

    I am hoping he's back soon. Enjoyed his visit Argentina. Many young people like his cars and stunts. Another good program from BBC England. We should do more.

    Mar 26th, 2015 - 10:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Klingon

    It must be funny to see the soft dick BBC producers moping around the office wondering what they are going to do now that their bank roll has left.
    Maybe they can get Michael Caine as a replacement or better yet an Imam from the local Mosque would be more up there alley.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 01:25 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    3 CabezaDura2 (#)
    I don't really care about Mr. Clarkson's future.

    However I am intrigued about the posibble sexuality of food...

    “ I find cold catering food gay and annoying.”

    Who knew! Wow! Thank you for enlightening us all to a new concept in gender politics!

    Are you a Guru? A Gay Food Guru? Perhaps?

    Interesting comment. Is all cold food 'gay' or just 'cold catering food' ?

    Is 'hot catering food' homosexual too?

    I never knew that any food could be 'gay' or 'straight'.

    I often enjoy slighty warm 'tapas' in a local Spanish Bar in North London, should I inform them that their food has 'issues' / is possibly bi-sexual/ or is just confused ?

    What about the food that I eat on the Carribean coast of Vnzla, that is hot and spicy, but often not so warm, (because I am too busy drinking Cuba Libre, and forget to eat? does it get more gay then?)

    Pray, do tell. oh wise one...

    PS: I like the the idea of 'gay' food, this could be a massive marketing idea for London/Berlin/ NYC.....

    ;-)
    I need your expertise in these matters.

    lol!

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 01:30 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • STroll with the_TroLL

    How is this story related to the “South Atlantic”?

    I am told all the time that this website is only to discuss topics about that area, and Argentina, not other parts of the world. I'm accussed of deflecting.

    WELL???

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 02:54 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Marcos Alejandro

    Where are the Jeremy Clowson's MercoP fans now? :-))))
    9 Frank the Yank
    I knew about your love for black shoes not super panchos.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 03:15 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • CabezaDura2

    20. Yes definitely, tapas are very much gay as they are small with pinky, yellow and creamy old fillings and muck on top.

    Cabeza dura doesn't like.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 03:24 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ilsen

    :-)))))))))))))))

    Heehee!

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 10:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    21
    Let them talk about Clarkson, at least they finally talk about something they know something about...

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 10:55 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @21, 22.

    Clarkson is a god. Notably, argieland's press reports on Clarkson. Clarkson has many notable achievements. A recent triumph was showing the entire world the extent of bigotry in argieland. Could anyone imagine a mob chasing a German through the streets of Dover in 1977 because he was driving a Mercedes? And the number of liars. (Malvinas?) veterans? In their 20s? Shouldn't they have been in their 50s? Earth shattering!
    The fans are here. We're invisible. Just saying this so you won't be disappointed and have a heart attack. Whoops, got that wrong! But I couldn't figure out how to disappoint you and induce a heart attack. Sorry! Isn't it about time you started speaking 'from the grave'?
    @25. Isn't it amazing how we all know so much about virtually everything? You see, we can look back into immeasurable history (mostly ours because you don't have any worth mentioning) and see the parallels. CFK and Charles I. He had his head chopped off. Scotland and the Darien Scheme (attempting to take over territory). Argieland and the Falkland Islands. Or Hitler and Europe. Scotland and argieland. Broke.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 12:14 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pytangua

    Great news - at last the shit Clarkson has been sacked. As for the 1 million idiots who signed a petition to re-instate him, they are a pathetic bunch of airheads, completely mesmerised by 'celebrity' culture and with no balls of their own.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 04:32 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Stevie

    26

    Burp!

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 09:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Vestige

    Ah I remember well - the endless boasts of how Top Gear would go on to great success after the Ushuaia events. Argentina's entire tourist industry was going to implode. Clarkson was going to get 20 more seasons.

    lol.... and what do we see - Ushuaia welcomes thousands, Clarkson gets the boot.

    First its was :) H982 FLK

    then it was :( CLK P45

    Chuckle.

    Mar 27th, 2015 - 09:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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