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"Top Gear" Host Jeremy Clarkson Fired from BBC

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/25/2015 Jake Holmes

Following an investigation, the BBC has fired "Top Gear" host Jeremy Clarkson. An investigation by the BBC alleged that he assaulted one of the show's producers during a disagreement that was originally called a "fracas." BBC director-general Tony Hall issued a statement today in which he confirmed that he had, "told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract."

According to the BBC's investigation, on March 4 after a day of filming "Top Gear," Clarkson launched an "unprovoked physical and verbal attack" on producer Oisin Tymon that caused "swelling and bleeding to his lip." Clarkson was suspended from the BBC on March 10. The report also says that Clarkson reported the assault to BBC management himself, and that he "made a number of attempts to apologize to Oisin Tymon."

Jeremy Clarkson At Top Gear Live© Provided by MotorTrend Jeremy Clarkson At Top Gear Live

Although Clarkson is expected to leave the BBC, the broadcaster says it plans to renew "Top Gear" for 2016. It's unclear whether Clarkson's co-hosts on the show, Richard Hammond and James May, will continue working on "Top Gear" if the show is renewed next year. Even before this alleged assault, Clarkson was reportedly on his "final warning" from the BBC after repeated complaints over controversial statements made during the show.

The current version of "Top Gear" launched on the BBC in 2002. It is currently in its 22nd series, although the BBC suspended airing all of this season's episodes after the Clarkson controversy.

Source: BBC

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