Top Gear Host Speaks Out After Being Fired For Punching Producer

“It was my own silly fault.”

Sacked Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out for the first time since the BBC announced it would not renew his contract.

Sacked Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson has spoken out for the first time since the BBC announced it would not renew his contract.

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Speaking on BBC2’s The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, Clarkson admitted his departure from the incredibly popular motoring show was his “own silly fault.”

The BBC dropped Clarkson in March after he “crossed a line” by punching a producer when he wasn’t able to have a hot meal following a day of filming.

The producer, Oisin Tymon, suffered a split lip in the altercation. A BBC review found that Clarkson spent 20 minutes abusing Tymon before the dispute turned physical and another BBC staffer had to separate the pair.

 

Speaking for the first time since his sacking, Clarkson praised the BBC and left the door open to returning to the broadcaster one day.

Speaking for the first time since his sacking, Clarkson praised the BBC and left the door open to returning to the broadcaster one day.

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“It’s a great organisation, I’m never going to complain about it,” he said. “It was my own silly fault so I can hardly complain. I was at the BBC for 27 years, and did the current incarnation of Top Gear for 12, and it was very much my baby.”

Clarkson admitted there are some “terrible people” at the BBC, but also some “incredibly talented, brilliant people.”

At the time of Clarkson’s departure, a BBC spokesman said, “Jeremy’s contract has not been renewed on Top Gear but he isn’t banned from appearing on the BBC.”

 


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