We reported last night that Jeremy Clarkson was indeed sacked following an investigation, but now BBC have finally released an official statement on their final decision despite Clarkson denying this morning and sadly it’s not good news. Jeremy Clarkson’s contract will not be renewed which was was due to be rewed end of this month.
BBC’s director general Tony Hall said that he had “not taken this decision lightly” and recognized that it would “divide opinion.” Furthermore he added that “a line had been crossed” and that he “cannot condone what has happened on this occasion”.
The investigation did indeed find Clarkson guilty of assaulting Tymon in the row over dinner after a long day’s filming. It was widely discussed that the ‘fracas’ had involved a supposed punch from Jeremy Clarkson after not being offered any hot food as the hotel they were staying at was no longer serving at that hour of the night. The internal investigation which began last week was led by Ken MacQuarrie, the director of BBC Scotland.
BBC have said that the sacking has nothing do with style, opinions, popularity or even his language on the show but instead is about what stars are allowed to get away with off screen, which has been top of the agenda for the BBC in these recent months. Below is an official statement by Tony Hall.
But now the question is what happens next as whether James May and Richard Hammond will remain in the show. All three presenters had their contracts up for renewal this year but negotiations were put on hold due to the investigation. Furthermore the rumoured Clarkson replacement, Radio 2 DJ Chris Evans has also denied the speculation that he will be joining the show by saying “Not only is it not true, it’s absolute nonsense”.