The end of the road for Top Gear? May and Hammond pay tribute as BBC sacks Jeremy Clarkson for ‘unprovoked’ 30-second attack that sent producer to A&E – and police demand to see report
- BBC report says star verbally abused producer for 20 minutes and hit him
- Lord Hall said Oisin Tymon suffered ‘verbal abuse that no-one should endure’ during ‘fracas’ over steak dinner following Top Gear filming
- North Yorkshire Police want report and say action taken ‘where necessary’
- BBC contracts of Clarkson, May and Hammond were to expire next week
- James May said the trio ‘come as a package’ – spelling end of BBC careers
- Richard Hammond calls it ‘sad end to an era’ in hint they may all leave
Jeremy Clarkson faces arrest today after the BBC sacked him for punching a Top Gear producer in the face with such force he had to go to A&E.
The corporation’s internal investigation concluded the star, 54, launched an ‘unprovoked’ 30-second physical attack on Oisin Tymon because he was offered a plate of cold cuts instead of steak and chips.
North Yorkshire Police today said it had asked the BBC for its report into the ‘fracas’ in a luxury hotel in the county and said action will be taken against Clarkson ‘where necessary’.
Revealing the sacking, Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, said: ‘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. For me a line has been crossed’.
However, it emerged tonight that Clarkson will still be paid and employed by the BBC until his contract expires at the end of the month. Based on reports of his estimated £1million annual salary, it means the BBC will have paid him nearly £74,000 from the point he was suspended until the end of March.
The star this afternoon changed his Twitter biography to say he ‘used to be a presenter on Top Gear’.
Co-star James May called the decision a ‘tragedy’ and said he, Clarkson and Richard Hammond ‘come as a package’, suggesting that all three are now likely to leave the BBC.
May, who was spotted outside his London home in a variety of outfits today, also hinted that his future with Top Gear may be over, after changing his Twitter biography to describe himself as a ‘former TV presenter.’
Hammond tweeted shortly afterwards: ‘Gutted at such a sad end to an era. We’re all three of us idiots in our different ways but it’s been an incredible ride together’.
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