When the broadcaster or the journalist becomes the news itself, media becomes sometimes a ground of shock and disappointment. It is all over the news. Headlines contain his name with either support or disgust. Radio stations air his voice through their channels and the internet is bombed with his pictures. What happened to Jeremy Clarkson? Why did the host of Top Gear get fired?

Jeremy Clarkson’s Attack

The BBC fired Jeremy Clarkson for being responsible for an ‘unprovoked physical and verbal attack’ that left his colleague, Oisin Tymon bleeding and seeking hospital treatment.

Tymon was ‘subject to an unprovoked physical and verbal attack’ by Clarkson, during which he was ‘struck, resulting in swelling and bleeding to his lip’.

The attack, took place at the Simonstone Hall hotel in North Yorkshire, where the programme team had travelled for a location shoot on the 4th of March.

It ‘lasted around 30 seconds and was halted by the intervention of a witness’.

BBC fires Clarkson

Although the Top Gear presenter attacked Tymon, BBC Director-General Tony Hall took the decision to fire Clarkson ‘with great regret’, after he had ‘crossed a line’, with an innocent party.

‘I cannot condone what has happened on this occasion. A member of staff – who is a completely innocent party – took himself to accident and emergency after a physical altercation accompanied by sustained and prolonged verbal abuse of an extreme nature’, said Hall.

‘It is with great regret that I have told Jeremy Clarkson today that the BBC will not be renewing his contract’, he continued.

Hall took the decision after he has done ‘a very careful consideration of the facts and after personally meeting both Jeremy and Oisin Tymon’.

Tymon assured that he is well aware that many will be sorry Clarkson’s involvement in the show should end in this way. 

What will happen to Top Gear? 

As Jeremy Clarkson updated his biography on Twitter to, ‘I used to be a presenter on the BBC2 motoring show, Top Gear’, his fans have shown him support. 

However,  Prime Minister David Cameron said that ‘if you do something wrong at work there can be consequences’ and that ‘aggressive and abusive behaviour is not acceptable in the workplace’.

Hall said that BBC will look to renew Top Gear, which was the most popular show on BBC2, with more than five million viewers a week, and with around £50 million a year for its commercial arm.

When undignified actions become stronger than words, you will fail, no matter who you are or how important your show is.


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