Following recent reports and consequent investigation of an incident between Jeremy Clarkson and Top Gear producer, Oisin Tymon, it has been confirmed the show’s lead presenter has been given the sack by the BBC.
It is understood a report into the so-called ‘fracas’ at a North Yorkshire hotel, concluded that the presenter spent 20 minutes verbally abusing producer Oisin Tymon, before launching a 30 second physical assault on him. Lord Hall, the Director General of the BBC, is expected to announce his official decision today in London after considering the findings of an internal investigation.
Despite finally deciding to axe the show’s star presenter, the BBC is planning to continue broadcasting Top Gear on BBC2 and are considering Radio 2 Breakfast Show host and self-confessed ‘petrol-head’, Chris Evans a worthy replacement. Evans, 48, who has one of the most prestigious car collections in Britain, including a £12 million 1963 Ferrari 250GTO, had previously ruled himself out of the running, but bosses are keen to persuade him to sign up.
Earlier reports confirmed Clarkson would still be travelling to Australia for the inaugural Top Gear Festival next month however this may no longer be the case. Clarkson’s sacking marks the end of an era and the possible downfall of the most popular motoring program on TV.