Jeremy Clarkson has officially been sacked by the BBC after abusing a Top Gear producer.
The BBC has released an official statement regarding the Top Gear Clarkson scandal, which sees the presenter sacked.
54 year old Clarkson was on his final warning before getting involved in a physical altercation with Irish producer Oisin Tymon who was hospitalised following the incident.
Tony Hall, Director General of the BBC released the following statement;
‘“It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract. It is not a decision I have taken lightly. I have done so only after a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon.
“Obviously none of us wanted to find ourselves in this position. This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC. I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent. He may be leaving the BBC but I am sure he will continue to entertain, challenge and amuse audiences for many years to come.
“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. I have asked Kim Shillinglaw to look at how best we might take this forward over the coming months. I have also asked her to look at how we put out the last programmes in the current series.”
Reports are suggesting that the BBC hopes to replace Clarkson with radio host and massive petrol head Chris Evans – who has an epic collection of Ferraris including a 250 GTO worth £12 million.
Previously Clarkson’s co-presenter’s Richard Hammond and James May refused to film the show without him. Whether they continue with the show or follow Clarkson into other ventures is unknown at this point.
It’s officially the end of the road for Top Gear as we know it. While the BBC is keen to keep the show going, Jeremy, James and Richard are essential to its success – their chemistry was the show. Most seem to think Top Gear is a car show, but it’s actually an entertainment program about three middle-aged blokes who happen to drive cars and talk about them. The cars weren’t the essence of the program, the people were. And that’s why it’s unlikely that Top Gear will be successful without those three hosts.
And I suspect they’ll need to reinvent the show in some way to avoid trying to replicate the Top Gear that we currently know and love. You only have to watch American or Australian Top Gear to realise that trying to be like those three guys doesn’t work and won’t for a very long time.
We can only hope that Clarkson, Hammond and May are picked up by another broadcaster to create the show people want to watch.