Likely, you’ll have already heard the news; that Top Gear‘s Jeremy Clarkson has been fired from the BBC for his part in an intense verbal and physical altercation with Senior Producer Oisin Tymon at the Simonstone Hall Hotel in North Yorkshire.
Needless to say, for a great majority of the show’s regular watchers, this is a tragic occurrence, and one which thrusts the BBC show’s future into uncertainty. The BBC has stated that it will seek to renew Top Gear for the year of 2016, but neither James May nor Richard Hammond seem likely to commit to presenting the show with a new co-host.
In a written statement, BBC Director-General Lord Tony Hall said that the decision not to renew Jeremy Clarkson’s contract with the station was “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.”
Hall goes on to praise Mr. Clarkson for his years as the lead host of the extraordinary BBC program. “This decision should in no way detract from the extraordinary contribution that Jeremy Clarkson has made to the BBC,” he wrote. “I have always personally been a great fan of his work and Top Gear. Jeremy is a huge talent.”
But, “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.”
Below is a video showing co-host James May’s reaction to the news: